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
14 November 2019
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NAIROBI, Kenya – “If I had known about safe sex in my teens, my life would never have turned out this way,” said 21-year-old Sithu* from Myanmar. He contracted HIV two years ago, despite being intimate only twice with... Read more
13 November 2019
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In 10 years, the world could achieve three transformative results, at a price tag of only $264 billion, according to new research unveiled at the Nairobi Summit on ICPD25. © UNFPA Uganda
Nairobi, KENYA – It is possible to end preventable maternal deaths, cover all unmet needs for family planning and put a stop to gender-based violence, all within a decade. But it will cost the world a total of $264... Read more
12 November 2019
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Uhuru Kenyatta welcomes delegates at the Summit's opening. © Nairobi Summit
Nairobi, KENYA – More than 6,000 world leaders, scholars, advocates, faith leaders and others converged on the Kenyatta International Conference Centre today to attend the first day of Nairobi Summit on ICPD25, which... Read more

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