19 October 2017
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Child marriage rates are rising in Jordan, according to a recent report. © UNFPA Jordan/ Elspeth Dehnert
Amman, JORDAN – On most weekday afternoons, you can find 22-year-old Hiba* working at a salon in Amman. She has a long list of loyal customers and a steady income. But what few of her clients know is that she was once a... Read more
21 September 2016
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Residents flee brutal violence in the Rutshuru territory of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in 2012. Women give birth, even in wartime and disasters. © UN Photo/Sylvain Liechti
UNITED NATIONS, New York/KYESHERO, Democratic Republic of the Congo – Women do not stop giving birth when disaster strikes. Every day, about 500 women die of childbirth-related causes in humanitarian emergencies or... Read more
8 September 2016
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Saba and her mother speak out against child marriage, encouraging families to educate their daughters instead. © UNFPA Jordan/Sima Diab
ZAATARI, Jordan – “A girl I know from school here in the camp got married last year when she was 15,” Saba, 16, told UNFPA. Saba encouraged her friend to delay pregnancy until her body was more mature. But the pressure... 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
21 April 2016
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In April, humanitarian, writer and actor Ashley Judd travelled to Jordan on her inaugural mission as UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador. During her two-week trip, she visited UNFPA-supported clinics and programmes for women and... Read more
8 March 2016
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ZAATARI, Jordan – When Mohammad and Kholoud Suliman were told that their infant daughter was the 5000th baby born at the UNFPA-supported women’s clinic in Jordan’s Zaatari refugee camp, they immediately knew how they... Read more
5 February 2016
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NABATIEH, Lebanon – In late 2013, Haneen, now 14, fled Syria with her parents and 10 siblings. As her family made its way to the Turkish border, her father sustained injuries that left him paralyzed. Fearing he could no... Read more
9 December 2015
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Palestinian youth and Y-Peer trainers from Syria and Jordan stand in front of a mural they have created at a school run by the UN Relief and Works Agency in Zarqa, Jordan. © Y-Peer/Abdelbari Hamad
UNITED NATIONS, New York/AMMAN, Jordan – The United Nations Security Council today adopted a resolution calling on countries to engage young people in building peace and countering violent extremism. “Youth account for... Read more
7 October 2015
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‘Aida struggled to recover from the memories of the Sarin gas attacks in Ghouta, Syria. After her family fled to Lebanon, services at a women’s centre helped her start a small business. © UNFPA/David Brunetti
AMMAN, Jordan – “I’d just gotten off the night shift,” said ‘Aida*, a nurse, describing the morning her neighbourhood in Ghouta, Syria, was attacked with Sarin gas. “My son called out to me. He couldn’t see.” It was 21... Read more
24 August 2015
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Jannah* refuses to marry off her 14-year-old daughter, despite pressure from relatives. “I will die before I give my daughter away,” she said. © UNFPA/David Brunetti
AMMAN, Jordan – Child marriages appear to be rising among Syrian refugees as families grow increasingly desperate under the grinding four-year-old conflict. Alarming reports show that parents are marrying daughters off... Read more

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