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Life interrupted: Myanmar teen pregnancy points to need for comprehensive sexuality education

Every year, almost 50,000 teenage girls in Myanmar give birth, according to data from the 2014 census. Thiri* was one of them. She became pregnant when she was only 15 years old.

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New clinic brings reproductive health care to Syria’s underserved Al-Tabqa

A new reproductive health clinic has been opened in the embattled northern Syrian city of Al-Tabqa, which has been the site of intense fighting over the past five years. Access to Al-Tabqa remains difficult, with some...

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Empowering local first responders to reach refugee and migrant women

Two years ago, Greece became the centre of a refugee and migration crisis, with hundreds of thousands of people streaming into the country, many of them risking death to escape war, persecution and deprivation. In 2016...

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Women-friendly spaces offer safe haven for Congolese refugees in Angola

In a simple white tent in the Lóvua refugee settlement in Angola, women and girls who fled the brutal conflict in Kasai, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, can find safe haven and support.

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To tackle sexual violence in Lesotho, programme targets men and boys

“Before, I never used a condom, and I would force myself violently onto girls and young women,” said Kabelo, 22, in rural Lesotho.

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Preventing sexual abuse and exploitation in Iraq

“As humanitarians, we have a collective responsibility to prevent and safely respond to sexual abuse and exploitation in Iraq,” said Jennifer Emond, a UNFPA specialist on the subject, during a training programme in Iraq...

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For Malawi students, menstrual cups offer cost-saving alternative

Prisca Gama, 22, and Given Mwira, 26, remember first trying the menstrual cup in November 2016. The women, both fourth-year students at Mzuzu University in northern Malawi, quickly became enthusiastic about the product...

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Mujeres emergen como lideresas tras inundaciones en Perú

“Cuando sucedió el desastre, yo estaba con un embarazo muy avanzado y lo único que hice fue tratar de salvaguardar mi vida y la de mis hijos,” indica Lily, de 40 años, describiendo cómo su familia huyó durante la...

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Among Syrian refugees, dispelling myths about contraceptives

I don’t want more kids and I’m afraid to get pregnant,” said Fatima*, a 37-year-old Syrian refugee and mother of six, at a UNFPA-supported clinic.

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