18 September 2018
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DHARAN, Nepal – At the age of 17, Palesh Devi Rajdhobi was married off to a man she had never met. One year later, she gave birth to her first child. Then another, and another. When she was pregnant with her sixth, she... Read more
13 September 2018
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The first-ever comprehensive study on men's gender views in Ukraine finds that one in ten men believe women should tolerate violence to keep their families intact. © UNFPA Ukraine / Maks Levin
KIEV, Ukraine – As low birth rates, vast outflows of young migrants, and devastating conflict in the east corrode economic progress in Ukraine, another threat looms. According to a landmark study initiated by UNFPA, a... Read more
10 September 2018
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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
6 September 2018
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For midwife Peter Door, spreading awareness about family planning is key to strengthening women's well-being and economic stability. Peter provides information on family planning to a mother in a Rumbek clinic. © UNFPA South Sudan
RUMBEK, South Sudan – More women in South Sudan die during pregnancy and childbirth than in nearly every other country in the world. Yet the vast majority of maternal deaths can be averted with proper antenatal,... Read more
4 September 2018
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MARAWI, Philippines – “Everything has been burned,” Aslima Tawacal, 35, told UNFPA. “My husband has been able to see our home but there is nothing left.” Fifteen months ago, an armed group inspired by the Islamic State... Read more
29 August 2018
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Salia, now 18, tends to animals to provide for herself and her family. Just two years ago, Salia thought she would be a child bride. © UNFPA Ethiopia/Abraham Gelaw
SOKORU, Ethiopia – Two years ago, 16-year-old Salia Shemsu waited to be married off. She had just failed the national exam, barring her from pursuing the education she longed for. As the first-born girl in her family,... Read more
27 August 2018
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Identifying reproductive diseases early is essential for treating them. A couple visits a UNFPA-supported clinic for a free consultation and cervical cancer screening. ©UNFPA Turkmenistan/Ene Tuyliyev
AHAL/DASHOGUZ/MARY, Turkmenistan – Newlyweds Jahan and Dayanch sat in the waiting room of a small health clinic, about to do something extraordinary – they were about to receive a check-up of their reproductive health.... Read more
24 August 2018
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Harrowing accounts of gender-based violence have been widely reported. A Rohingya refugee visits a UNFPA-supported women-friendly space. © UNFPA/Allison Joyce
COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh – 25 August marks the one-year anniversary of the fastest-growing refugee crisis in the world. Over 720,000 Rohingya have fled violence in Myanmar in the past twelve months, joining some 213,000... Read more
20 August 2018
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Stella Chiwaka, 28, has suffered stigmatization throughout her life for being born with albinism. © UNFPA Malawi/Leticia Nangwale
MCHINJI, Malawi – As Stella Chiwaka, a 28-year-old primary school teacher, walked into a local health centre for information on contraceptives, her hopes soared. Then the male service provider asked her something... Read more
23 August 2018
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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

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