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“Life became a cage”: Syrian girls shed light on conflict, vulnerability and cycle of abuse

“Growing up, I felt as though my wings were slowly clipped against my will, and life became a cage from which there was no escape,” said Amal*.

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Stand against rape and gender-based violence, UNFPA and partners urge

“I want to be there for women when their rights are being trampled," said Chrestine Espinorio, a police officer in Marawi.

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In the Sahel, where motherhood is deadliest, midwives are saving lives

The first woman to give birth at Fatoumata Diallo's clinic named her daughter after the midwife.

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As Nairobi Summit ends, time to focus on accountability

ICPD25 stakeholders now look ahead towards the necessary next step: making sure partners make good on their commitments.

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What is comprehensive sexuality education? A life saver.

“If I had known about safe sex in my teens, my life would never have turned out this way,” said 21-year-old Sithu* from Myanmar. He contracted HIV two years ago, despite being intimate only twice with his partner at the…

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This is how much it will cost to realize the world we want

The price tag to end preventable maternal deaths, cover all unmet needs for family planning and put a stop to gender-based violence by 2030 is $264 billion, according to new research unveiled at the Nairobi Summit on…

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As Nairobi Summit opens, leaders express optimism and urgency in securing rights for all

More than 6,000 world leaders, scholars, advocates, faith leaders and others converged on the Kenyatta International Conference Centre today to attend the first day of Nairobi Summit on ICPD25, which calls for action to…

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Nuns and monks break the silence on sexual and reproductive health and rights in Bhutan

"There was a time when I would be menstruating and didn’t know what to do during those days… Now I do.” These candid reflections came from an unexpected source: a nun sitting cross-legged on the floor of an…

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In Moldova, life skills education helps girls find a better path

Iuliana* did not get much a childhood. At age 15, she found herself pregnant. She said she had been afraid to negotiate safe sex with her boyfriend, who was four years older. Her fears were well-founded: He sometimes…

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