9 January 2018
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UNFPA and partners are working to protect vulnerable populations from sexual exploitation and abuse. © UNFPA Iraq
ERBIL, Iraq – “As humanitarians, we have a collective responsibility to prevent and safely respond to sexual abuse and exploitation in Iraq,” said Jennifer Emond, a UNFPA specialist on the subject, during a training... Read more
18 December 2017
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Fatima tells her story. She has endured over a decade of abuse. © UNFPA Iraq/Salwa Moussa
ERBIL, Iraq – “I was so desperate, I had lost hope. Committing suicide seemed the only escape from the abuse, back then,” Fatima* said in an interview earlier this month. “I didn’t know how to handle the pain.” A mother... Read more
1 December 2017
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Cojine* endured years of spousal abuse in Iraq. © UNFPA Iraq
ERBIL, Iraq – “There are lots of setbacks in life, but what matters is standing up again,” said 33-year-old Cojine*. She would know. She endured years of spousal abuse. It began four years ago, when a classmate asked... Read more
24 November 2017
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UNFPA is distributing essential hygiene supplies to women and girls displaced by the earthquake. Photo courtesy of Civil Development International
ERBIL, Iraq – In the aftermath of the powerful earthquake that struck the Iraq-Iran border on 12 November, UNFPA has scaled up its emergency response to meet the needs of women and girls. The 7.3 magnitude earthquake... Read more
20 September 2017
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"Por favor, no se den por vencidas ", dice uno de los mensajes depositados en una clínica en Dohuk, Irak, especializada en el tratamiento de supervivientes de la violencia sexual. La violencia sexual y de género son comúnmente consideradas como tácticas de guerra © UNFPA Iraq / Turchenkova
NACIONES UNIDAS, Nueva York – "Nuestras chicas no nacieron para ser esclavas sexuales. Cada una de ellas tenía un sueño o una meta para el futuro ", dijo Zina Salim Hassan, defensora de Yazidi de 21 años, ante el UNFPA... Read more
2 June 2017
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Health workers in Serbia receive UNFPA-provided medical supplies. UNFPA is supporting sexual and reproductive health care for refugees and migrants, but many women are not prioritizing their health. © UNFPA
SID, Serbia – Aliah*, a 28-year-old woman from Afghanistan, took an unusually brave step in April: She spoke with candour about her sexual and reproductive health needs at a workshop in Sid, a town in north-western... Read more
6 March 2017
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Fatima and Rasha are visited by a UNFPA coordinator after the birth of their daughters. The babies were born on the same day. © UNFPA Syria
DAMASCUS, Syria – Fatima and Rasha welcomed new children into the world on the same day – an experience that would be completely unremarkable if not for their circumstances. Both women are living in uncertainty after... Read more
9 December 2016
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For the first time in over two weeks, security conditions permitted humanitarian groups to access eastern Mosul. © UNICEF Iraq/2016/Khuzaie
BAGHDAD, Iraq – The single largest humanitarian aid delivery in eastern Mosul was completed today. It was the first time in more than two weeks security conditions permitted humanitarian agencies to reach the area.... Read more
30 November 2016
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The Dohuk Women's Centre offers specialized, sensitive care for survivors of ISIL's brutality. © UNFPA/Khetam Malkawi
DUHOK, Iraq – “I was raped. I hated life and attempted suicide,” described Maha*, a 19-year-old Yazidi woman who was abducted by the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL, also known as Daesh or ISIS). She was enslaved... Read more
18 November 2016
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Case workers finish a meeting at the survivors' centre in Dohuk. The facility provides a full range of support services for survivors of gender-based violence. © UNFPA Iraq/Turchenkova
DUHOK, Iraq – The town of Duhok, in northern Iraq, is filled with survivors of conflict. More than 46,000 people are scattered across three displacement camps, and thousands more are living outside the camps, according... Read more

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