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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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A 72-year-old refugee from Ukraine tells of a life left torn apart by war

In the midst of Russia’s bombardment of her hometown of Mykolaiv in southern Ukraine, 72-year-old Valentina Ejova made a decision that would divide her life into before and after. Over the course of a few hours, she…

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In her words: A heavy monsoon, a flooded hospital and twins on the way. A midwife’s story in Bangladesh

Shakila Parvin has been a UNFPA-trained midwife in the refugee camps of Cox’s Bazar since 2019. In Bangladesh, obstetric care during delivery by medically trained providers, which contributes to reducing maternal and…

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Ukrainian refugees build new lives far from home

Ivanna Povchenuik was four months pregnant when she and her two children fled their home in Ivano-Frankivsk in western Ukraine, leaving behind her 65-year-old father, who wished to stay. Their destination was Antwerp,…

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“I’ve grown a few years in 26 days”: A teenager’s life during wartime

On 24 February, 11th-grader Viktoria Kravets had a typical day planned: classes at top secondary school Gymnasium Prestige then meeting up with a friend after school. The night before, she had forgotten to set her alarm…

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Midwives ensure life-saving reproductive health care for women returning to Afghanistan

Sexual and reproductive health needs have spiralled for women and girls since the Taliban takeover in August 2021, with restricted access to services and limited freedom of movement. UNFPA has launched a humanitarian…

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