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Women-led grassroots organizations bring critical relief to women amid pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought misfortune to millions around the world. And for many women, like 21-year-old Rama Mahato*, of Ghaletole in southern Nepal, it came with a shadow pandemic: an increased incidence of…

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Reproductive health supplies airlifted into quake-shattered Haiti

Initial UNFPA estimates suggest that more than 22,000 women are expected to give birth in the next three months. Of these, around 3,700 will likely require Caesarean sections.

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At high-level UN meeting, Afghan women call for support

“My country is in a humanitarian crisis."

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In Libya, a chance at a future after violence and rejection

After a divorce following a violent marriage, Muna* found herself facing a different set of challenges. “I suffered abuse, mistreatment and discrimination,” she recounted. “It is the stigma that accompanies many…

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Better maternal health outcomes – and sometimes a miracle – in Guinea-Bissau

Ami Campini says she’s lucky to be alive. The mother of four was seven months pregnant with her fifth child when she and her family moved from the northern part of the country to the Quinara region in the southwest…

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Sexuality education is among teachings by monks in Bhutan

For centuries, the tenth day of the month has been celebrated in temples and monasteries throughout the mainly Buddhist Himalayan kingdom with religious mask dances performed as part of tshechu (“day ten”) festivals.…

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Five ways climate change hurts women and girls

In a year that has seen a global onslaught of catastrophic heat waves, wildfires, floods and drought, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s latest assessment report, released last week, serves as an…

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Student midwives persevere amid conflict and pandemic in Afghanistan

The COVID-19 pandemic is not the only crisis preventing students from attending class. The recent and intensified conflicts all over Afghanistan, particularly in Kandahar Province, have also resulted in widespread fear…

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Young leaders blaze the trail toward a more equitable future

In the face of extraordinary challenges, young people are not only calling for change – they are the change.

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