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Women and youth take climate action in Malawi

Had village elders not intervened in stopping her parents from marrying her off at 13, Catherine Mkandawire would have become another statistic. Malawi has one of the highest child marriage rates in the world: 42 per…

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In her words: “Above my house, I saw a burning missile.” An expectant mother seeks safety in the Republic of Moldova

Daria Smirnova, 33, left Odessa, Ukraine with her mother and son and arrived in Chișinău, the capital of the Republic of Moldova, approximately 180 kilometres away. Nine months pregnant with another boy, she is due to…

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In her words: Air raid sirens, a baby’s first cry. Giving birth during war in Ukraine

KYIV, Ukraine – I had a complicated pregnancy so I went to the maternity hospital early so that the child and I would be under doctor supervision. When I woke up on 24 February, my phone’s screen was full of messages…

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Maternal and reproductive health-care crisis in Ethiopia

KONSO, Ethiopia - “I was discharged from the health facility after the stillbirth of my baby without any medication or treatment. I have been bleeding ever since,” said Asnaketch, sitting in her tent at Haylota IDP (…

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Pregnant women’s needs grow as Tropical Storm Ana wreaks havoc in southern Malawi

“The prospect of another cyclone was scary,” said Monica, who lives in Mbenje in Malawi’s Nsanje District. “We lived through the same experience with Cyclone Idai and then Cyclone Kenneth. We had to rebuild from scratch…

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For two indigenous girls in Guatemala, early unions spell the end of dreams

At 15, Quetzali* had only ever spoken via telephone to a 22-year-old soldier she met through her aunt. He persuaded her to meet his family, but when Quetzali went to his house in a different town, he barred her from…

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Reproductive health needs in Mozambique a priority after Tropical Storm Ana

The country may have been spared by Tropical Cyclone Batsirai but it is still reeling from the devastating impacts of Tropical Storm Ana. Making landfall on 24 January in Angoche District in the coastal province of…

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In her words: A child bride from Yemen forced to grow up too fast

Ibtisam* is a 16-year-old girl living in Yemen who shared her story of marrying at 14. Of the 4 million girls married before the age of 18 in Yemen, 1.4 million were married before age 15.

Since I was…

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Girls in Sudan are coding their way to a brighter future

At the ShareZone Centre filled with laptops and three technical instructors, aspiring coders Hajer, 18, and Eman, 25, see the results of their work: the words “Hello, World!” moving across their computer screens. Last…

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