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Trailblazing all-girl cricket tournament calls for bowling out child marriage

"I often watch boys playing cricket on this ground. But today I caught a glimpse of girl cricketers in action," said Irfan Darji, a 13-year-old spectator at the final match in a trailblazing girls’ tournament...

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In Cambodia, push to end maternal deaths in remote areas

RATANAKIRI, Cambodia – In the remote farming village of Sakreang, in Cambodia’s far north-east, Romam Pcheuk visits pregnant women in their homes. “I keep my eye on the girls who are pale, and those that get pregnant...

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Embarazo secreto en las Comoras: la historia de una adolescente

Sara * tenía 17 años cuando descubrió que estaba embarazada. Vivía en un pueblo rural en las Comoras, llevó todo el embarazo en secreto, y luego dio a luz en el baño de un hospital.

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Two wheelchairs and a stroller: Overcoming barriers to parenthood in Belarus

When Anya Shevko, 29, became pregnant, she had to weigh herself at a recycling centre because the local maternity clinic did not have suitable scales. Even visiting the clinic was difficult because Anya is in a...

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“Your voice is your weapon”: Taking on sexual harassment in Egypt

“Your fear is controlling you,” instructor Amany Abdel-Aal told a roomful of women at a Wen-Do self-defence class, held in a cheerfully painted youth centre on the outskirts of Cairo.

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Evacuees waiting to return home after Bali volcano alert

Escalating volcanic activity at Mount Agung in Bali prompted Indonesian authorities to issue an SOS alert, the highest-level warning, on 22 September. By 6 October, over 139,000 people had been evacuated.

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Los hombres se alzan contra la violencia de género en Azerbaiyán

En las últimas semanas, varios casos de alto nivel de violencia de género han salpicados los titulares. Millones de mujeres en todo el mundo han exigido el fin de estos abusos y, cada vez con mayor frecuencia, se exige...

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Gender inequality, lack of information fuel teen pregnancies in Timor-Leste

“I knew a little bit about how a baby is made, but not too much,” said Natalia, 19, in Alieu, the rocky highlands of Timor-Leste. Her 1-year-old daughter, Afeena, was sleeping nearby. “I had no education about this at...

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Sexual violence devastating, humanitarian needs mounting in Rohingya crisis

“My sister was killed after gang rape in front of me, and they threw hot water on my body,” Fatima*, 30, told a case worker at a UNFPA-supported women-friendly space in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Almost 600,000 Rohingya...

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