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9 February 2016
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“When I was 9 years old, my mother told me that three of her sisters died because her grandmother practiced female genital mutilation (FGM),” says Patricia Tobon Yagarí, an Emberá indigenous lawyer from Colombia.
5 February 2016
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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 longer feed his 11... Read more
3 February 2016
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“There really is no religious postulate for female circumcision, neither from the Al Quran nor from the prophet’s sayings,” said Indonesia’s former First Lady Sinta Nuriyah Wahid’s, as she explained to the attendees of... Read more
27 January 2016
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On a hot summer day in December 2015, Khady, a quiet 19-year-old, approached a lively crowd of Senegalese youth gathered on a beach in Keur Massar, a development near Dakar. She listened attentively as representatives... Read more
11 January 2016
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South Sudanese refugee girls play ball in the Ayilo Refugee Settlement of northern Uganda. © UNFPA/Eveyln Kiapi
The carnage Mike Marchar witnessed has stayed with him. But there is one thing that takes his mind off those horrors: football.
7 January 2016
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Micheline Yotoudjim (left), a fistula survivor, helps other women with obstetric fistula through the treatment process. Here, she sits with a woman at the National Centre for Fistula Treatment in N'Djamena, Chad. © UNFPA/Ollivier Girard
Like many child brides, Micheline Yotoudjim suffered terribly after she was married. She was married off at age 14, became pregnant at 16, and then experienced a prolonged, obstructed labour. Her baby was eventually... 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
“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.
22 December 2015
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Dignity kits are distributed to refugees and migrants passing through Presevo, Serbia. Women and girls face increased risks of violence and barriers to reproductive health care. © UNFPA
Every day, thousands of refugees and migrants stream through Serbia, one leg of their perilous journey towards safety and stability. So far this year, over a million migrants and refugees have entered Europe,... Read more
14 December 2015
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Throughout her adolescence, Gina* was pressured to leave school and get married. Today, she is a youth advocate, working to promote the rights and well-being of other young girls. © Observatory for Children’s Rights
“When I was sixth grade, my mother used to say, very often, ‘Finish this year, and do not go to school anymore’,” said Gina,* a youth advocate from the marginalized Roma community in Albania.
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
The United Nations Security Council today adopted a resolution calling on countries to engage young people in building peace and countering violent extremism. Young people in Jordan are already demonstrating leadership... Read more

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