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18 August 2017
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Women and girls face some of the greatest challenges, including the threat of dengue fever and Zika to pregnant women, barriers to family planning, and increased risk of gender-based violence. © UNFPA Peru/Juan Pablo Casapia
Flooding and heavy rains on the northern coast of Peru caused widespread displacement and damage between February and April. Over a million people were affected and a state of emergency was declared. Women and girls... Read more
18 August 2017
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UNFPA mobile teams have reached thousands of survivors of gender-based violence in Ukraine. A young mother is assisted by a UNFPA mobile team in Sloviansk. © UNFPA/Maks Levin
Common misconceptions about gender-based violence end up stigmatizing survivors and undermining efforts to keep people safe. World Humanitarian Day is an opportunity to recognize that the world’s humanitarian... Read more
15 August 2017
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Yveka, 17, visits a midwife during the mobile clinic. © UNFPA
Delicate and petite, Nélia is 25 but looks like a teenager. She has already been pregnant three times, and has endured more than her share of tragedy. She lives in Pichon, a remote community in Belle-Anse, where the... Read more
10 August 2017
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Asha Ali Ibrahim, a local circumciser, with her granddaughter, who is due to be cut this year. © UNFPA/Georgina Goodwin
Asha Ali Ibrahim, 41, has been performing female genital mutilation (FGM) on girls in Diaami, Hargeisa, and other parts of Somalia since 1997. July and August are her busiest months of the year. “This is the peak season... Read more
9 August 2017
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Edma teaches girls the skills and knowledge they need to protect themselves, stay in school and demand their rights. © UNFPA/Helene Christensen
“Some adolescent girls will leave school to marry for money,” 21-year-old Edma told UNFPA. “Some are engaging in unsafe sexual behaviours, unaware of the risks and their rights.” Edma sees these realities every day. And... Read more
3 August 2017
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Globally, pregnancy-related complications are the leading cause of death  among girls aged 15 to 19. Photograph by Lucy Tomasino
“I could have died the day my son was born,” said Evelyn*, who became pregnant when she was only 13. Her pregnancy was complicated, and she spent most of the time bedridden and in constant discomfort.
2 August 2017
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Expert midwife Tahira Nazari provides support to health workers at the Midwifery Helpline in Afghanistan. © UNFPA Afghanistan/Ahmadullah Amarkhil
“It was seven in the morning, and I had not yet started my working day, when Hafsa* was brought to the clinic with normal labour pains,” said Mahbooba, a midwife in Afghanistan. Everything seemed fine until the new... Read more
31 July 2017
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Midwife Nan Win Phyu at the Nam Khoke Rural Health Centre uses a family planning wheel to explain contraceptive options. © UNFPA Myanmar/Si Thu Soe Moe
Nan Aye Aye Lwin walked for three hours to reach the Nam Khoke Rural Health Centre. When she arrived, in the late afternoon, the anxiety was apparent on her face. She has two children, she told the clinic’s midwife,... 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
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 birth, I didn't go back... Read more
26 July 2017
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Ruqayya and her newborn recover at the Pan-Armenian Charity clinic, outside the Al-Areesheh displacement camp in north-eastern Syria. © UNFPA Syria
Ruqayya was pregnant when she fled the embattled city of Deir ez-Zor, in north-eastern Syria, with her husband and two young children. The family took refuge in Al-Areesheh camp, in Al-Hasakah Governorate – but Ruqayya’... Read more

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