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Sheltering teen mums: Emergency home offers crisis care in Thailand

BANGKOK, Thailand – Mon* began dating her boyfriend when she was 14 years old. They met online.  A few months in, "he wanted to have sex," she recalled. "He did not use any protection. I was scared at first, but he said…

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Nouvelles du terrain : Ashley Judd relate les terribles épreuves auxquelles sont confrontés les réfugiés Rohingya

A la mi-février, Ashley Judd, Ambassadrice de bonne volonté de l’UNFPA, écrivaine et actrice engagée dans l’humanitaire, s’est rendue à Cox’s Bazar au Bangladesh pour y rencontrer des réfugiés Rohingya ayant échappé aux…

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Mayon volcano eruption displaces pregnant women and new mothers in Philippines

“I was washing clothes near my house when I heard the eruption from Mayon Volcano,” Jiassal Balatinsayo told UNFPA. Eight months pregnant and residing just over 6 km from the volcano erupting in the village of Santa…

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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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Teen moms in Peru pinpoint need for sexuality education, health services

"I became pregnant at 14 years old,” Angie told UNFPA. Now 19, she lives with her son in a low-income area on the margins of Peru’s capital, Lima, in the densely populated Villa El Salvador District. Angie recalls…

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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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