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Girls in Uganda report being lured across the border to undergo female genital mutilation

Fourteen-year-old Judith* and five other Pokot girls were lured across the border, into Kenya from Uganda, at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. The reason: To undergo female genital mutilation. The perpetrator: One…

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Compounding crises endanger women and girls amid Pakistan’s unprecedented flooding

Amid the worst-ever flooding Pakistan has ever faced, Guddi and her 8-month-old daughter, Akshara, are both struggling with hunger. Akshara was recently taken to a clinic to be treated for severe acute malnutrition, and…

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Health and violence risks multiply for women and girls in Kenya as worst drought in 40 years takes hold

Chants of “Apei Apei ng’akankomwon ng’akan!” ring out from a group of women sitting under a tree. The words translate to “One, one, nine, five” – Kenya’s national gender-based violence helpline number. 

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Soaring violence, fuel crisis and a cholera outbreak: Haiti in the grip of a “humanitarian catastrophe”

As protection, health-care and essential services break down, the violence and volatile political and economic crisis engulfing Haiti has rapidly deteriorated into what the UN has described as a humanitarian catastrophe.

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Under increasing conflict and climate crises, young people’s mental health bears a heavy burden

“I remember walking in the cold for a very long time, scared of the explosions and tanks passing near our house,” said 12-year-old Malina, who was forced to flee her hometown of Odesa in Ukraine as the war closed in.

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Forced into early motherhood, a child rape survivor in the Comoros fights stigma to finish school

“I followed him into the house. I didn’t know he was going to rape me.” At just 13 years old, Mariama* was sexually assaulted by a neighbour when she returned home from school: Nine months later, still a child herself,…

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In Lao PDR, midwives provide life-saving and culturally competent care to the country’s ethnic communities

“In the past, Akha women gave birth without assistance and did not come to health centres. Most of the pregnancies were unsafe,” says 28-year-old midwife Vida Jepeu. Ms. Jepeu is a member of the Akha ethnic group, which…

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Women and girls in Pakistan need urgent health and protection services amid epic flood disaster

“I walked for about 35 kilometres while in labour because the floods had damaged the road between my village and the hospital,” said Bakhtnama Khairullah, 32, from Harnai in Balochistan province.

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Survivors of gender-based violence in Sri Lanka at risk as crucial protection services shutter

“When there is domestic violence, women need to stay in a safe house.  But when one woman called me and asked for transport, I had to tell her we didn’t have enough funds to bring her to the shelter.” Francine Princey…

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