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Yemen's cholera outbreak taking toll on women and girls

Yemen is witnessing the worst cholera outbreak in the world. One person dies every hour, and 5,000 or more people are suspected of cholera or acute watery diarrhoea every day. 

Pregnant women are at high risk. UNFPA estimates the lives of 1.1 million malnourished pregnant women are at risk. See more here.

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"We possess nothing"

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Women and girls in Yemen talk about the devastation they have experienced in Yemen's war. They also shared their hopes:

"My son and three of my nephews were killed. All of us are affected by the war. We don't receive salaries now. We not longer have anything."
"We got shot at, humiliated. We are starving. Our children are scattered in different places looking for food. We possess nothing."
"Our homes were destroyed, and our children were killed. The whole country is ruined. Honestly, my city Al Hudaydah is destroyed."
"I hope that the war in our country will be over soon, and that there will be justice."
"I hope to provide means for living for my children. I hope the war could stop so we could go back to our house. I have many hopes."
"I hope to have a home to embrace me and my children."

What would you do? #IfYouWereADecisionMaker

See Part 1 of this video here.

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"We do not have anything now"

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Women and girls in Yemen explain how their lives have been upended by war. They also shared their hopes:

"The war has affected us so deeply. We are displaced. We do not have an income. We are starving."
"Our children were killed, our homes have been destroyed, and we have been humiliated."
"We now live in these huts. Life is very difficult."
"We were already poor. The war came and forced us out of our homes. We do not have anything now. Our children are hungry and thirsty."
"Our schools and houses were burnt. We cannot go to school. We have been separated from our friends."
"I will do good. I will help people in need and I will stop the war."
"If I had the power, I would help people and fix this crisis and change our lives. But there is nothing I can do now."

What would you do? #IfYouWereADecisionMaker

See Part 2 of this video here.

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Family planning: A right for all people

In Belarus, people from all walks of life speak about the importance of family planning. A young gymnast, whose goal today is first and foremost an Olympic medal, talks about how important it is for young people to maintain their health. A famous TV host, singer and a mother of three says family planning includes the kinds of care a woman can expect before, during and after pregnancy. A sports coach discusses the importance of health and being a role model for young men. A make-up artist talks about how family planning can ensure couples create happy, desired families and promote gender equality among couples. A human rights activist talks about the importance of making family planning services available for people with disabilities.

No matter where a person is from, family planning is a topic important for everyone!

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Power Her Choices

Family planning is a human right. Yet in developing countries, 214 million women don't have the power to decide their future. With Power Her Choices, UNFPA, United Colors of Benetton and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are calling attention to this unacceptable situation.  

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In Sierra Leone, family planning for a better future

In Sierra Leone, teenage pregnancies are commonplace, and school completion rates are unacceptably low. But family planning programmes, supported by UNFPA, are empowering people to choose if and when to have children, and how many children to have. By enabling young people to stay in school and find productive employment, family planning is helping Sierra Leoneans to pursue better futures for themselves and their families. 

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Ceremony to celebrate the life and spirit of Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin

Ceremony to celebrate the life and spirit of Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Executive Director

Ceremony co-organized by the Permanent Observer Mission of the African Union, the United Nations Secretariat, the United Nations Population Fund, the African Group of Ambassadors and the United Nations Senior Africans Group.
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Life as Precious as Nafeesa

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This video showcases how access to emergency obstetric care in Yemen has helped to save lives of mothers and their newborns. Expanding emergency obstetric and newborn care is part of UNFPA's broader work improving reproductive health care in this conflict-affected country. These efforts include providing equipment to health facilities, supporting community-based midwives and providing reproductive health outreach in remote, marginalized and conflict-affected communities.

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My dignity is back

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In times of crisis, the hygiene and health needs of women and girls are often overlooked. This has been true in the crisis in Yemen, where mass displacements have disrupted normal life for countless women and girls. In response, UNFPA is distributing dignity kits, which contain sanitary napkins, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, blankets, headscarves, flashlights and other essential items.

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