17 August 2016
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UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador Ashley Judd looks at a shelled building in the Donetsk region of Ukraine. © UNFPA Ukraine/Maks Levin
This spring, humanitarian, writer, actor and UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador Ashley Judd travelled to Ukraine. During her weeklong trip, she met with survivors of gender-based violence and internally displaced women and girls... Read more
16 August 2016
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Women and girls have been disproportionately affected by the conflict in Yemen.  © UNFPA Yemen/Fahmia Al-Fotih
SA’ADA, Yemen – Civilian fatalities are mounting in Yemen, with some of the deadliest episodes of violence taking place in the last two months. UNFPA estimates over 400,000 pregnant women are caught in the conflict,... Read more
8 August 2016
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Dozens of survivors of abduction and enslavement are receiving care at a UNFPA-supported women’s centre in northern Iraq. © UNFPA Iraq
KHANKE, Iraq – “Do not blame me for repeating my story, as what happened to me is the unforgettable story of my life,” Golleh*, a Yazidi woman, said. She had been abducted by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (... Read more
5 August 2016
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UNFPA is providing post-rape treatment kits and other essential health supplies in South Sudan. Sexual violence has been widespread since hostilities erupted last month. © UNFPA/Tim McKulka
JUBA, South Sudan – “I never felt so empty and helpless,” Tabitha* told UNFPA. She is one of at least a hundred civilians to be sexually assaulted in the wake of South Sudan’s most recent hostilities. Since the eruption... Read more
26 July 2016
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A mother and baby in Bentiu, South Sudan, in 2015. When violence erupted days before the fifth anniversary of South Sudan's independence, heroic midwives stood their ground to save lives. © UNFPA/Amadou Baraze Elh Nakaka
JUBA, South Sudan – Ferocious violence erupted in Juba, the capital of South Sudan, on 7 July, two days before the fifth anniversary of the country’s independence. Hundreds of people were killed or wounded, tens of... Read more
21 July 2016
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Greicy Alves with her son, Gabriel, who has microcephaly. Ms. Alves was diagnosed with Zika in her first trimester. Marginalized women are disproportionately affected by the outbreak. © UNFPA/Tatiana Almeida
SALVADOR, Brazil – When 30-year-old Greicy Alves was diagnosed with Zika in her first trimester, it did not seem like a big deal. The disease was widely considered to be mild. But by the time her son, Gabriel, was born... Read more
30 June 2016
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United Nations Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth Ahmad Alhendawi speaks to a group of peer educators in the Central African Republic. The peer educators are spreading messages of peace in their community. © UNFPA/CAR
BANGUI, Central African Republic – An entire generation of Central African youth has been scarred by three years of relentless bloodshed. At the height of the crisis, villages were burned to the ground, and sexual... Read more
28 June 2016
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Tens of thousands of people have been displaced following attacks by Boko Haram. UNFPA estimates 3,000 displaced women and girls are pregnant and in urgent need of assistance. © UNFPA
DIFFA, Niger/UNITED NATIONS, New York – Tens of thousands of people have been forced to flee south-eastern Niger following an attack by Boko Haram militants in early June. UNFPA estimates some 3,000 pregnant girls and... Read more
20 June 2016
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Women work together on a building project in the Central African Republic. "Ita Ouali" means "my best friend." © UNFPA
BANGUI, Central African Republic – Mathilde learned she was pregnant under the direst of circumstances: in a displacement camp in the war-ravaged Central African Republic, where she was struggling to support herself... Read more
13 June 2016
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QUNEITRA, Syria – As the explosions of an aerial attack on Syria’s Quneitra governorate rained down around her, teenaged Batool struggled through her first childbirth, to twins – without access to a health care facility... Read more

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