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“The violence never stopped,” Sudanese woman says – but neither did her hope

"I would go to my parents, but they would return me to my abusive husband." This is what Semira,* a 25-year-old from Sudan, recalls from her marriage, which started when she was just a child. She became a…

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For persons with disabilities, innovation and bodily autonomy are fundamental on the path to inclusion

“The entirety of my art practice is based on ways that technology can help with my disability. That’s why I fell in love with cameras in the first place: They helped me see things.”

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Ending unmet need for family planning in a world of 8 billion: The innovations enabling access for all

Access to contraceptives and family planning has long been a complicated matter. But the COVID-19 pandemic made matters worse.

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“For women and girls, no place is completely safe”: Despite some progress, urgent and stronger action needed against digital violence

“Can you put a price tag on human life? Can there be a penalty strong enough against those who, for their own amusement, mentally torture people until they end their own lives?”

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Ending maternal deaths in a world of 8 billion: How midwives save lives

“I feel proud and happy that the world population is reaching 8 billion, especially because I know that it is partly because of the good work of midwives as we work to save lives every day,” said 27-year-old Amina…

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Ending gender-based violence in a world of 8 billion: How a new term, reproductive violence, helps confront an old problem

Whether to have children or not is one of the most life-altering decisions a person can make. But as UNFPA’s 2022 State of World Population report shows, people around the world – especially women and members of…

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Family planning takes global stage, showing both major gains and gaps

Of all Wendys Rivero’s hopes for the future, getting pregnant again is not one of them. She, her husband and their two kids currently live in a shelter for migrants and refugees known as Rondon 1 in Boa Vista, having…

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Reclaiming hope and justice for survivors of sexual violence during drought and hunger crisis in Somalia

“I felt powerless… I looked around but it was too dark to see who had done this to me. I ran back home very scared – my family was still fast asleep.” Khadijo*, 11, only ventured a few metres from her tent to go to the…

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Reclaiming teenage mothers’ dreams, plans and potential

Like mother, like son; Ana Francini González Avalos’ son Tairon is a restless, intelligent 7 year old who knows how to read and wants to learn much more. Fran, as she likes to be called, has always been a quick study.…

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