28 August 2017
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Sileshi Deguale recounts his story, explaining why family planning was the right choice for himself and his wife. © UNFPA Ethiopia
SHEBEL BERENTA, Ethiopia – Sileshi Deguale was busy working alongside his family, preparing their land for planting season, but he paused to recall how difficult the work was last year. His wife had been too ill to help... Read more
28 July 2017
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Women participate in a community discussion about ending practices that are harmful to women and girls. In this session, they are talking about child marriage. © UNFPA Ethiopia/Meron Negash
BENISHANGUL-GUMUZ, Ethiopia – Three times, Abebech Kabla has given birth alone in the woods. Each time, she thought she might die. The first time, she was only 13 years old, a year into her marriage. “Even after giving... Read more
8 February 2017
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Marie Josee Mukankuranga explains how she counsels women on family planning during a visit by development experts. © UNFPA/Rick Francis
ADDIS ABABA/RWAMANGANA – Marie Josee Mukankuranga stood before international health and development experts in her home in the Rwamagana District of Rwanda, talking about her community’s need for family planning. Ms.... Read more
7 December 2016
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Gebreamlak Giday teaches women about maintaining a healthy pregnancy, using a portable, solar-charged learning device. © UNFPA/Abraham Gelaw
AXUM, Ethiopia – Thirty pregnant women at the Almeda Textile Factory Clinic gathered around a small solar-powered projector, raptly watching an animation on pregnancy health. Gebreamlak Giday walked them through the... Read more
14 September 2016
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Fatuma Ahmed was subjected to female genital mutilation and child marriage. She is now a member of a "married girls' club," where she and other child brides advocate against these harmful practices. © UNFPA/Abraham Gelaw
AFAMBO, Ethiopia – Fatuma was married off five years ago, when she was just 13. Like most girls from the remote Afar Region of Ethiopia, she had undergone female genital mutilation (FGM) when she was only a baby, and it... Read more
5 January 2016
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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
Amhara Region, 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. She stayed in... Read more
14 October 2015
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Asiya, a former circumciser, now urges community members to abandon FGM. © UNFPA Ethiopia
AFAMBO, Ethiopia – Asiya Hamed spent much of her life performing female genital mutilation (FGM) on girls in her community. She cannot remember how many girls she has cut, but she knows what the consequences have been... Read more
1 September 2015
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Hawa Buha with her husband, Enehaba Seid, in their home in Ethiopia. Ms. Hawa has been a trailblazer in her community, first refusing to undergo FGM, then marrying for love. © UNFPA Ethiopia/Abraham Gelaw
AWASH, Ethiopia – Twenty-four-year-old Hawa Buha was among the first in her conservative pastoralist community to defy the tradition of female genital mutilation (FGM). Here, in the northern Afar Region, many believe... Read more
14 July 2015
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Belaynesh Sema and her newborn, Gize Melak, at the Finote Selam District Hospital after an emergency Caesarean section delivery. © UNFPA/Mulugeta Ayene
AMHARA REGION, Ethiopia – Harsh fluorescent lights, fading paint and cracked chairs greet visitors at the Finote Selam District Hospital, in Ethiopia’s remote Amhara Region. But despite its humble appearance, this... Read more
8 May 2015
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 Fasika Maru, a midwife, examines Anguach Abebaw at the Ambesame Health Centre. Ms. Anguach is in labour, but her foetus is in a dangerous position. © UNFPA/Mulugeta Ayene
AMHARA REGION, Ethiopia – They called it the Stealer. It came to their homes in this remote part of northern Ethiopia, and claimed the lives of women in childbirth. It took Asmer Geremew’s mother, as well as her younger... Read more

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