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Escaping violence, refugee mothers in Angola find relief in safe childbirth

Towards the end of Yvonne Mboi’s pregnancy, she recalled, “I realized I was too big. I was afraid.” These concerns loomed large after her harrowing flight from conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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Madres adolescentes muestran la importancia de la educación sexual y los servicios de salud sexual

“Quedé embarazada a los 14 años de edad”, Angie contó al UNFPA. Ahora, a los 19, ella vive con su hijo en un asentamiento humano situado en Villa El Salvador, uno de los distritos más poblados de Lima, la capital del...

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Mozambique programme empowers girls to fight gender inequality, child marriage

“We are equal to boys and can also contribute to society,” said 17-year-old Lidia Suale Saide. Lidia knows what it means to stand up for these beliefs. One year ago, she refused her mother’s attempt to marry her off.

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Mothers too young: Inequality fuels adolescent pregnancies in Thailand

“I had plans for my life, but since I got pregnant I had to plan for my life in a different way,” said Fern*, 18. “If I knew this was going to happen, I would have just focused on my studies. I would not have bothered...

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Displaced by crisis, South Sudan midwifery students focus on saving mothers

Nyomon Lilian will never forget the day she decided to become a midwife. A few years ago, in her hometown of Kajo Keji, in South Sudan’s Equatoria region, she watched as her neighbour bled out after giving birth.

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Ethiopian women and girls see “remarkable results” in ending child marriage

Not long ago, the sight of a 10-year-old bride was a common occurrence in Ethiopia’s Kolla Tembein District, said Daniel Hagos, the district’s chief administrator. But the community’s women and girls are mobilizing to...

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A safe pregnancy is every woman’s right: Midwifery care saves lives in Myanmar

Ngun Hlei was lucky to have seen a midwife during her third pregnancy. Many women in Myanmar don’t. “I felt very unwell for many months during that pregnancy. But what could I do? I carried on with my work making snacks...

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“I refused”: Brave women and girls take a stand against FGM

UNITED NATIONS, New York/Ouagadougou, BURKINA FASO – Fourteen-year-old Latifatou Compaoré learned the spirit of resistance from her mother. Her mother was subjected to female genital mutilation (FGM) as a child in...

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Di ¡NO QUIERO! : 7 aspectos importantes que no sabías sobre el matrimonio infantil

El Día de San Valentín se celebra en algunas partes del mundo como un momento romántico para las parejas. Sin embargo, millones de niños se unen antes de estar preparados, muchas veces en contra de su voluntad. El...

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