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Child bride, mother of seven, refugee and, today, an independent woman

“I was only 12 years old when I got married to my 25-year-old cousin,” Najma*, from a Syria, told UNFPA recently.

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Beauty for the brave: Abuse survivors learn to make it on their own

Not long ago, Olena* feared for her life and for her children. But then she found the courage to start a new life.

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Fighting for girls’ right to say no to child marriage in South Sudan

Helen Poni hopes her decision to not become a child bride and pursue a career inspires other girls.

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Dignity and strength: Venezuelan refugees and migrants in Colombia

Fifteen-year-old Nelsmar walked for eight days to reach Colombia, where she slept on the streets. This is her story.

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Midwives save lives – but more support for midwifery is needed

Midwives could avert over 80 per cent of all maternal deaths, stillbirths and newborn deaths.

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Barcode technology transforms access to family planning in the Philippines

A UNFPA-supported project aims to replace manual reporting with simple barcode scanning for family planning stocks.

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Training new midwives in storm-hit Mozambique

A veteran of multiple humanitarian crises is part of UNFPA's response team for Cyclone Idai in Beira.

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Menstruation is not a girls' or women’s issue – it’s a human rights issue

“My periods are a nightmare,” Nyanjuma Galoth, 20, told UNFPA at a civilian protection camp in South Sudan. “They are very painful, and I can’t get any sanitary products.” It is a major source of stress, she said. “The…

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A nightmare within a nightmare: Taking on sexual and gender-based violence in humanitarian crises

The prevalence of gender-based violence often increases in times of crisis, as protection mechanisms break down, support services falter and stresses on families mount. In Yemen, reports of gender-based violence…

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