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8 myths about unintended pregnancy debunked

Half. That is the alarmingly high proportion of pregnancies that girls and women do not deliberately choose.

The neglected crisis of unintended pregnancy is the subject of UNFPA’s flagship 2022 State of…

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Empowering and investing in midwives could save millions of lives each year

“My great-grandmother was a midwife,” said Erika Martinez, 23. “She was one of my biggest inspirations.”

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UNFPA and WFP join forces to meet soaring reproductive health and nutrition needs in southern Madagascar

Just weeks away from delivering her fifth child, Homoroe Haova, 33, looked down at her stomach and smiled, reassured she could give birth safely as well as feed her children in the coming weeks.

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5 things to know about motherhood

Celebrated around the world throughout the year, Mother’s Day is exactly that: celebratory. But for some women, motherhood can be fraught. Women have become mothers below ground in wartime (Ukraine), under bridges after…

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War in Ukraine shocks global food supply, putting lives at risk

At 16, Thekra Obied was one more mouth to feed in her impoverished family, so they married her off to Ahmed, a wood collector 15 years older. At 19, she became pregnant with their first child, but they could barely…

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One woman’s winning idea in taking climate action harnesses the power of the sun

As a girl, Agnes Kimweri would visit her village’s sole medical dispensary in Tanzania and see a steady stream of motorcycles emitting noxious fumes dropping off patients. When she grew up, “I realized that the…

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Women and girls in South Sudan battle mounting sexual violence amid conflict and climate crises

An estimated 2.6 million people in South Sudan are at risk of gender-based violence in 2022, an alarming 25 per cent increase on 2021 estimates. Nearly 40 per cent of women and girls reported having to avoid essential…

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Hope on wheels: Emergency maternal health units reach farthest corners of the Philippines

Typhoon Rai demolished hundreds of thousands homes across the Philippines, splintering trees and forcing residents to run for their lives. Nearly four months on, many are still without stable housing or access to food…

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Risk of sexual violence, unintended pregnancy soars in crisis settings, new report highlights

UNITED NATIONS, New York/JUBA, South Sudan – Globally, an estimated half of all pregnancies are unintended, a recent UNFPA report highlights. But during a humanitarian crisis, the conditions that erode women’s ability…

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