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In Yemen’s man-made catastrophe, women and girls pay the heaviest price

Yemen's health system hangs together by a thread. More than $100 million is urgently needed to meet the sexual and reproductive health and protection needs of women and girls.

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Safe spaces in Colombia offer respite to Venezuelan migrants

Griseida, 28, left Venezuela when she couldn’t find a job to feed her five children. Thirty-five-year-old Marlyng, too, left when there was no work to be found, leaving behind two of three children until she could get…

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Amid conflict, displacement, pandemic, Syrian girls see a future in… robots

Bana, 12, fled her hometown, the city of Aleppo, before the Syrian conflict engulfed her neighbourhood. It was the first of two times she and her family would have to flee violence before settling down here, in…

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A pandemic-born programme bolsters local health systems in Brazil

The boat to Santa Cruz do Arari leaves Belém, the capital of Pará state in northern Brazil, at 6 a.m. every day. It is November – dry season – so the river is low, and the boat carrying the UNFPA team can only go as far…

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Three girls, three stories: The perils of child marriage and the promise of freedom

How much is a girl worth? If you are Maja, the answer is a chicken, a six-pack of beer and €100. That is how much her family, living in a Roma settlement in Serbia, received in exchange for her hand “in marriage.” She…

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Amid pandemic and unrest, midwives undeterred in saving lives in Conakry

It has been a harrowing year for the midwives of Guinea.

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Pregnant women struggle to find support, stability after displacement from Tigray Region in Ethiopia

“When you think about your future, you never plan to be uprooted from the comfort of your home," Hiwot* told UNFPA.

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Reformed cutters protect the next generation from female genital mutilation in Kenya

More than 10,000 girls over 30 years. That’s how many girls three women here cut in female genital mutilation (FGM) rituals – almost one girl a day, every day, spanning three decades.

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As global cases of COVID-19 hit grim milestones and exacerbate other crises, UNFPA strengthens resolve to save lives

On January 27, the number of coronavirus cases reached a staggering 100 million worldwide. Earlier, on January 15, deaths attributed to the virus numbered two million. Those aren’t the only figures heading in the wrong…

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