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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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A vision of change: Pioneer spends 30 years advocating end to FGM in Sudan

In the early 1980s, Abdullah Ali Abdullah saw constant infections and childbirth complications while volunteering in a health centre in Sudan’s North Kordofan state. He soon realized many of these issues had the same…

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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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