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The 62nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women takes place at United Nations Headquarters starting on 12-23 March.

The annual two-week session of the Commission brings together representatives of the United Nations, the UN Member States, as well as...

Dr. José Luis Palma Vélez aboard the "Health Canoe," a water ambulance in the Amazon that transports pregnant women to the nearest health centre. © UNFPA/Jose Antonio Guayasamin
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Women living in rural, marginalized communities are among the most vulnerable, often facing limited access to essential services, including health care, social services and justice. Women who experience illness, pregnancy complications, poverty or violence may have nowhere...

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“I’ve been a priest for 25 years. During this time, I’ve met a lot of families ready to terminate their pregnancy just because of expecting a girl,” said Giorgi Ugrekhelidze, a religious leader in Georgia. “In most cases, men push their wives to make this decision.”

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