11 December 2019
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UNFPA is scaling up its activities to provide reproductive health care and support for survivors of violence in north-eastern Syria. © UNFPA Syria
AL TAPQQA, Syria – As clashes rage on in north-eastern Syria, the toll on civilians and health systems continue to mount. Mass displacements have complicated the delivery of basic health services, including reproductive... Read more
10 December 2019
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Ms. Banda reads the inscription on her award, which comes from members of her community: “Thank you our fierce fighter, Memory." Image from video feed.
UNITED NATIONS, Geneva – Memory Banda, 23, knows how to change the world: by refusing to stay silent.  Ms. Banda grew up in Malawi in an area where child marriage, sexual violence and early pregnancy were common. “In my... Read more
10 December 2019
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A women-friendly space in Attapue. UNFPA has helped the Lao Women's Union to provide psychosocial support in the community. Such efforts will continue as the country rolls out the Essential Services Package. © UNFPA Lao People's Democratic Republic
VIENTIANE, Lao People’s Democratic Republic – La* spends her days providing support to survivors of violence and human trafficking in Vientiane, the capital of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic. Then at night, she... Read more
9 December 2019
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SELIBABI, Mauritania – "I refused to marry off my daughter for a simple, good reason: I want my daughter to be empowered,” said Lemeima mint El Hadrami, 49. "I don't want her to go through the same difficulties I did... Read more
3 December 2019
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Sithembile Mabuza from Eswatini has a disability but she still wants to have a husband and children. © UNFPA ESARO/Lindiwe Siyaya
UNITED NATIONS, New York – For Anisia Byukusenge, gender-based violence is the number one threat to visually impaired women and girls. If she were to experience violence as a blind woman, she does not feel confident she... Read more
1 December 2019
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Chifundo Tindo now trains other people to provide stigma-free comprehensive sexuality education. © UNFPA
LILONGWE, Malawi – Chifundo Tindo lived with HIV for years before learning, at age 14, about her status. It had been a closely guarded secret since she was a child, even as her sister made sure she took her... Read more
30 November 2019
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Sex workers are highly vulnerable to gender-based violence, HIV, discrimination and other harms. © Tomislav Georgiev/UNFPA MK
SKOPJE, North Macedonia – As a transgender sex worker, Lila Milic has endured more than her share of mistreatment. Yet she does not feel safe seeking care and protection in the one place that should be a safe haven for... Read more
26 November 2019
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Child marriage is widely seen as a way to secure care for daughters, who are often viewed as an economic burden. In this way, the practice both arises from and perpetuates gender inequality.  © UNFPA Regional Syria Response Hub
DAMASCUS, Syria – “Growing up, I felt as though my wings were slowly clipped against my will, and life became a cage from which there was no escape,” said Amal*, a Syrian adolescent from Qamishli. “An entire world... Read more
22 November 2019
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SEBOUGOU, Mali – One day while driving on a highway, Fatoumata Diallo picked up a pregnant woman walking home from a prenatal checkup more than 10 kilometers away, a very long distance for any woman in her state to go... Read more
20 November 2019
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UNITED NATIONS, New York - The Nairobi Summit on ICPD25 wrapped up last week with more than 1,200 concrete commitments to help ensure sexual and reproductive health and rights for all by 2030. Donor countries pledged... Read more

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