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Former child bride, once sold to pay debts, finds a new start

Intisar* was only 15 years old her parents sold her to another family to pay off a debt.

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As pandemic rages, women and girls face intensified risks

As the COVID-19 pandemic rages around the world, governments are taking unprecedented measures to limit the spread of the virus, ramping up health system responses and announcing movement restrictions affecting millions…

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In climate change-affected Lesotho, self-injected contraceptives empower women to choose their own future

Regina Mokoena has seen first-hand how drought and climate change are increasing the demand for family planning in her village.

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As COVID-19 continues to spread, pregnant and breastfeeding women advised to take precautions

Pregnant women should take routine preventative actions to avoid infection with the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19), UNFPA announced in a statement today. Little is currently known about the vulnerability of pregnant…

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“We must resolutely resist any attempts to go back”: Listening to the icons and activists of women’s rights

The eighth of March is International Women’s Day, and the stakes could not be higher.

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Better suicide prevention and mental health care needed among Myanmar’s most vulnerable

Globally, a person dies from suicide every 40 seconds. In Myanmar, conflict and crisis may leave young people at increased vulnerability.

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Protecting midwives on the front lines of the Ebola response

The Democratic Republic of the Congo remains in the grip of the world’s second largest Ebola epidemic on record, and among those most at risk are health workers.

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Maternal deaths declining in Morocco thanks to midwives, but more support needed

Madame Najat Baloui, a midwife in Casablanca, vividly remembers a childbirth that went horribly wrong. “A woman was delivering vaginally,” Ms. Baloui recalled. “After several hours, the labour stopped suddenly.”

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UNFPA seeks to reach 48 million women and girls in humanitarian crises

When Yemen’s unrelenting conflict arrived in Taizz City late last year, Ashwaq saw her neighbourhood fall to pieces. Amid the bombardments, her house caught fire. She, her husband and their four children – including a…

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