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10.000 young Ukrainians joined U-Report to speak out for change

More than 10,700 young people joined UNICEF youth initiative U-Report as of September 2016.

U-Report polls are done through free SMS, Twitter, and Facebook Messenger. The data can be analysed in three dimensions - age, gender and region, and is available on in real time.

With the help of simple and fast SMS-polling, young people continue to bring up issues that matter to them to promote changes for youth. In particular, in May 2016 UNICEF held a global SMS-poll on bullying, showing that 89% of young people think bullying is a problem in Ukraine, while only 4% of young people told their teachers that they were bullied. As a result, UNICEF with partners has decided to launch an anti-bullying campaign in Ukrainian schools.

During 2016 U-reporters have spoken out on a wide range of issues. In May they expressed their ideas on who they see as UN Goodwill Ambassador for Youth ( most of them chose Sviatoslav Vakarchuk). In June 64% of U-reporters stated that knowing about positive HIV status of their friends will not ruin the friendship, and 44% of U-reporters said they would eagerly get HIV tested on their own if it was possible.

In addition to U-Report polls, UNICEF is launching a series of online-workshops “U-Report. Tochky” to encourage U-reporters with educational content. Twelve opinion leaders will inspire youth with their experience of creating own initiatives and provide advice. Two online-workshops have already been published: “The modern family” by Miriam Dragina and “Unusual social initiatives” by Nastia Prichek and Yova Yager. All workshops will be available at:

UNICEF Ukraine has launched its flagship youth initiative U-Report in April 2016. Young people from all over Ukraine participated in more than 30 SMS-polls on key social issues such as education, activism and social services, youth policy, tolerance and discrimination, healthcare and HIV epidemics etc.

Detailed analytics of U-Report polls are available at:

For more information please contact:
Liliya Lyubomudrova, U-Report Coordinator, 063 593 03 73



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