29 October 2019
News
Without the support and information, Iuliana* faced violence and early pregnancy. But with the right support, a brighter future is possible. © UNFPA Moldova/Anastasia Pirvu
Chisinau, REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA – Iuliana* did not get much a childhood. Born into a poor family in a remote Moldovan village, she started working at an early age. “I worked at a poultry plant,” she recently recounted to... Read more
21 October 2019
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 The centres provide young people with knowledge about their bodies, relationships and health. © UNFPA Myanmar Thein Zaw Win
BHAMO, Myanmar – “My job is to help these boys and girls steer their dreams in the right direction for their future.” Mung Do, 25, is a youth leader at the UNFPA-supported Woi Chyai Youth Centre in Woi Chyai in Kachin... Read more
14 October 2019
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Ms. Asibazuyo described hairdressing as the "magic" skill that helped her overcome trauma and earn a living. © UNICEF/Adriko
ODRAMACAKU, Uganda – Christmas is one of the busiest times of the year for beauty salons in this small town in Uganda’s northern Arua District. For 16-year-old Irene Asibazuyo, it means that she will make a little more... Read more
16 October 2019
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The UNFPA-supported CASE Centre offers social and legal support for women survivors of gender-based violence in Ayacucho. © Municipality of Huamanga/Roxana Gomez Leon
LIMA, Peru – For survivors of gender-based violence in Peru’s Ayacucho region, filing a police complaint used to be a daunting experience. On top of dealing with the trauma itself, women — many of whom live in poverty... Read more
11 October 2019
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Ms. Gebray wants to continue her education until the day comes when she freely decides to marry. © UNFPA Ethiopia/Abraham Gelaw
KOLA TEMBEIN, Tigray Region, Ethiopia – Earlier this year, Haderu Gebray, 15, and her parents were arrested for planning her wedding to an older man she had never met.  Ms. Gebray's plight hit the media headlines... Read more
8 October 2019
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 In Yemen, exposure to trauma and violence is widespread as the conflict enters its fifth year. © UNFPA Yemen
SANA'A, Yemen - By the time conflict escalated in Yemen in 2015, Salwa* had already survived a lifetime of hardship. “My parents divorced when I was 5 years old. This was the start of all my worries and fears,” she told... Read more
3 October 2019
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The school for husbands and future husbands teaches men to empower their wives through behavior change. Here, men practice domestic skills to ease the burden on their wives. © UNFPA/Ollivier Girard
MAMBOUE, Burkina Faso – Waimbabie Gnoumou is learning to be a better husband, says his wife, Martine. That’s because he is going to a special school that teaches men exactly that. The Husbands and Future Husbands School... Read more
2 October 2019
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Community leaders in Assiut Governorate speak about female genital mutilation. © UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme to Eliminate FGM
CAIRO, Egypt – Female genital mutilation has been outlawed in Egypt for more than a decade, but it remains widespread. Yet rather than helping to eliminate the practice, public campaigns highlighting its dangers may... Read more
26 September 2019
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South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo have seen particularly widespread sexual and gender-based violence, both during and in the aftermath of conflict. © UNFPA DRC
JUBA/KINSHASA/NEW YORK – Betty* is a survivor. The South Sudanese teenager has risen above a horrific act of violence and reclaimed her life. But her heroic act of recovery should never have been necessary, leaders at... Read more
16 September 2019
News
Doctors, nurses and midwives celebrate with Anna Bondo as she leaves the Neonatal Unit with her daughter Dorcas. © UNFPA Liberia
KAKATA, Liberia – Out of nine pregnancies, Anna Bondo had suffered seven stillbirths, each one a crushing heartbreak. Every loss came as a result of premature labour, the 43-year-old told UNFPA. Last month, pregnant for... Read more

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