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South Sudanese refugee girls play ball in the Ayilo Refugee Settlement of northern Uganda. © UNFPA/Eveyln Kiapi

11 January 2016

Young South Sudanese actors and athletes take on violence, HIV

The carnage Mike Marchar witnessed has stayed with him. But there is one thing that takes his mind off those horrors: football.

Micheline Yotoudjim (left), a fistula survivor, helps other women with obstetric fistula through the treatment process. Here, she sits with a woman at the National Centre for Fistula Treatment in N'Djamena, Chad. © UNFPA/Ollivier Girard

7 January 2016

Harmful practices linked to obstetric fistula in Chad

Like many child brides, Micheline Yotoudjim suffered terribly after she was married. She was married off at age 14, became pregnant at 16, and then experienced a prolonged, obstructed labour. Her baby was eventually...

Semira Umer, a health extension worker in northern Ethiopia, often counsels women on family planning. She says almost every married woman in the area now knows about the contraceptive options available. ©UNFPA Ethiopia/Mulugeta Ayene

5 January 2016

Giving women choices: Family planning options increase in rural Ethiopia

“My heart is with him,” said Netsanet*, speaking of her husband, who has moved away to a distant town, leaving her and their son behind in a rural village in northern Ethiopia.

Dignity kits are distributed to refugees and migrants passing through Presevo, Serbia. Women and girls face increased risks of violence and barriers to reproductive health care. © UNFPA

22 December 2015

Health needs paramount as refugees and migrants stream through Serbia

Every day, thousands of refugees and migrants stream through Serbia, one leg of their perilous journey towards safety and stability. So far this year, over a million migrants and refugees have entered Europe,...

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Gender based violence (GBV) is a life-threatening, global health and human rights issue that violates international human rights law and principles of gender equality. In emergencies, such as conflict or natural disasters, the risk of violence, exploitation and abuse is heightened, particularly for women and girls.

We live in a world where humanitarian crises extract mounting costs from economies,...

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