10 September 2018
News
Active conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is thwarting efforts to deliver life-saving sexual and reproductive health care to women and girls in need. © UNFPA Democratic Republic of the Congo
MANGINA, Democratic Republic of the Congo – On 1 August, just one week after the World Health Organization declared an end to the ninth Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the tenth struck.  “We had... Read more
23 August 2018
News
Women may face disappointment, stigma or even isolation if they cannot have children. A UNFPA-supported counsellor watches over a child in Amiriyat al-Falloujah camp. © UNFPA Iraq/Salwa Moussa
DOHUK, Iraq – Thirteen years ago, in Damascus, Syria, Rawa* fell in love. “It was perfect back then,” she said. She was a 30-year-old kindergarten teacher at the time. Both she and her husband were eager to start a... Read more
17 August 2018
News
“My husband was very strict,” Gemila*, a 28-year-old Syrian refugee, told UNFPA. “He wanted to crush people.”
SANLIURFA, Turkey – “My husband was very strict,” Gemila*, a 28-year-old Syrian refugee, told UNFPA. “He wanted to crush people.” Gemila had been married off, despite her protests, at age 17. A few years into her... Read more
9 August 2018
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Halima, now 19, is a paralegal dedicated to helping women and girls. © UNFPA Chad/Théodore Somda
BOL, Chad – Halima Yakoy Adam was once a human bomb.  When she was only 15, her husband brought her to an island near the border of Nigeria. They were going on a fishing trip, he said. Instead, he took her to a Boko... Read more
8 August 2018
News
A post-partum mother with her newborn at the Al Thawra Hospital ward. © UNFPA Yemen
HODEIDAH, Yemen – Escalating violence in Hodeidah, Yemen, threatens the city’s estimated 90,000 pregnant women and girls, UNFPA has announced. Some 14,000 of these women and girls are likely to encounter pregnancy-... Read more
6 August 2018
News
Dr. Hadel Bakjaje says certain vaginal infections "can become chronic and can cause miscarriages and early births." © UNFPA Turkey/Usenabasi Esiet
SANLIURFA, Turkey – Refugee women and girls face extraordinary hardships. They endure grave risks and often brutal violence, and many are thrust into poverty. But they can also face another, more intimate, hardship, one... Read more
31 July 2018
News
Me Me teaches adolescent girls in the camp about their health and human rights, and helps them understand their own potential. © UNFPA Myanmar
RAKHINE, Myanmar – Harlee Dar, 14, does not go to school. There are no books, TV or radio in the family’s small shelter, which is sweltering in the summer and rain-beaten during monsoon season. Asked what she does when... Read more
26 July 2018
News
Pregnant child brides need extra attention, says Huda, a UNFPA midwife in the Hayati Harrani women's and girl's safe space. “But our hands are tied because so few come for care.” © UNFPA Turkey/Usenabasi Esiet
SANLIURFA, Turkey – “Even today, we saw a 17 year old who is pregnant and already has a child,” said midwife Neval, sitting in the Devtesti Centre, a women’s and girls’ safe space in Sanliurfa, Turkey.  Some 475,000... Read more
10 July 2018
News
Family health houses are helping midwives provide reproductive health care in far-flung parts of Afghanistan. © UNFPA Afghanistan
HERAT, Afghanistan – By midnight, Khurshid, 35, was in serious trouble. Five months pregnant and bleeding heavily, she had passed out at home. Her family carried her unconscious body to the nearest – and only – health... Read more
5 July 2018
News
Women and girls require security, health care and other services in the aftermath of the disaster. © UNFPA Guatemala/Carlos Sebastián
ESCUINTLA, Guatemala – Marta Leiva, 7 months pregnant, leaned against two bags of donated clothes in her shelter in Guatemala’s Escuintla Department. She lost everything when her house was destroyed during the eruption... Read more

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