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22 May 2019
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Farah* recently received surgical treatment for obstetric fistula. She says she can now "live a normal life." © UNFPA Afghanistan
“I saw myself as the living dead,” 50-year-old Laila* told UNFPA. She suffered terribly while giving birth in Pakistan 27 years ago. The prolonged, obstructed labour left her with an obstetric fistula – one of the most... Read more
21 May 2019
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Keflene Yakobo is now a fistula ambassador in her community, helping other women receive treatment and reclaim their lives. © UNFPA Tanzania/Bright Warren
Despite her best efforts, the delivery went worse than she could have imagined. Ms. Yakobo ended up with an obstetric fistula – one of the most serious and tragic injuries that can occur during childbirth.
20 May 2019
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Girls and women who undergo FGM face a range of serious health risks – from potentially fatal bleeding to childbirth complications to long-term psychological problems.
17 May 2019
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Years into Syria's grinding conflict, refugees need support to rebuild their lives. © UNFPA Iraq
"I felt the world just stopped and the few minutes that passed felt like an eternity. I couldn’t feel my heart beating anymore and broke into heaving sobs."
14 May 2019
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Without visiting the mobile clinic, Ja Htoi's condition would have gone unnoticed. © UNFPA Myanmar/Yenny Gamming
Anenatal checkups provided by mobile clinics are saving lives of mothers and babies among displaced people in Myanmar.
13 May 2019
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Today, Ms. Wen and Ms. Yan see eye-to-eye on the equality of women and girls. © Dushan Township Family Planning Office/Zhang Min
“Must a girl be of lesser value than a boy?" Wen Xiujuan asked, after having two daughters.
6 May 2019
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Eight months pregnant and mother of six, Nadia Muson and her family were within earshot of the armed conflict in their municipality of Datu Salibo, Maguindanao. © UNFPA Philippines/ Rochelle Yu
Up to 1,400 pregnant women, 500 of whom are expected to deliver in the next three months, are among the displaced by the fighting.
3 May 2019
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It's not your mother's motherhood. © UNFPA/Bruno Feder
In 1994, the world was transforming. Motherhood would never been quite the same.
3 May 2019
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Najiba works in one of the hardest-to-reach, poorest areas of Bamyan. © UNFPA Afghanistan
Midwives serve in some of the most remote health posts in the world, saving the lives of women and babies in settings that are often harsh and resource-poor.
1 May 2019
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Bushra has launched the first ever women-run security firm in Yemen. © UNFPA Yemen
A survivor of child marriage now runs Yemen's first-ever security business for women.

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