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Staggering numbers of women unable to exercise decision-making over their own bodies, new UNFPA report shows

A new report by UNFPA offers, for the first time, a global view of women’s decision-making power over their own bodies. The findings are dismaying.

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As COVID-19 pandemic increases childcare burden, calls for Georgian men to step up

School closures and stay-at-home orders are dramatically increasing the burden on parents, with women traditionally shouldering the majority of childcare responsibilities.

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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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