6 September 2017
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Faith (centre) with her friends Sylvia (right) and Vivian, who all ran away from home to avoid female genital mutilation and child marriage. © UNFPA Kenya/Douglas Waudo
NAIKARRA, Kenya – “I woke up one morning, and my father told me that we were poor and needed money,” said Faith, describing the moment she learned she was engaged. She was 11 years old at the time. Her father explained... Read more
27 March 2017
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Young mothers Purity Bahati (left) and Naomi Kitsao (right) advocate for other young people to access sexual and reproductive health information and care. © UNFPA Kenya/Doulgas Waudo
KILIFI, Kenya – Purity Bahati was only 15 when she started dating her boyfriend, a 28-year-old man. “He told me he loved me, and I believed him,” she said. She was pregnant by the time she was 17. The pregnancy forced... Read more
28 February 2017
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Aisha Tiro Bahero nearly died from pregnancy-related complications at her home on a tropical island off the coast of Kenya. © UNFPA/Douglas Waudo
LAMU, Keyna – Aisha Tiro Bahero, 30, knows what it means to stare death in the face. Three years ago, while pregnant with her fifth child, she began to haemorrhage dangerously. “I couldn’t stop the bleeding. No one... Read more
24 February 2017
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A women's meeting in South Sudan. A free online course is helping aid workers improve safety and services for women and girls. © UNFPA South Sudan/Harriet Adong
UNITED NATIONS, New York – An online course for humanitarians is raising new awareness about women’s needs and vulnerabilities in emergency-affected communities around the world. “It acted as an eye opener, and it made... Read more
10 October 2016
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Jumwa Kabibu Kai, 77, with Kilifi County Governor Amason Kingi, at an event raising awareness about fistula. © UNFPA Kenya/Douglas Waudo
KILIFI, Kenya – Decades ago, Jumwa Kabibu Kai was pregnant with her second child in the small village of Kidutani, Kenya. The area was poor and isolated – her nearest neighbour was 3 kilometres away – and there was no... Read more
17 March 2016
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UNITED NATIONS, New York – “When I was 12-years old, my family organized a ceremony to transition my sisters and myself to become women,” says Kakenya Ntaiya, a member of Kenya’s Maasai ethnic group. “I was first... Read more
19 February 2016
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ABJUA, Nigeria – “My father forced me to get married to an older man almost his age. The old man gave him 20 cows. I tried to run away from that old man, but my father warned me that he would beat me to death if he was... Read more
2 April 2015
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A woman with her infant in Wajir, Kenya. Religious leaders have committed to work towards ending preventable maternal deaths in the 15 counties with the highest maternal mortality rates. © UNFPA Kenya
NAIROBI, Kenya – Cycling back to his church from the local health centre, Pastor James Ochiel wondered whether he should just ask his local member of parliament to construct a maternity ward inside his church compound... Read more