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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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Treatment for traumatic childbirth injury gives new hope to women in Afghanistan

“I saw myself as the living dead,” 50-year-old Laila* told UNFPA. She suffered terribly while giving birth in Pakistan 27 years ago. The prolonged, obstructed labour left her with an obstetric fistula – one of the most…

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Ending obstetric fistula: Devastating and preventable childbirth injury continues to haunt women

Despite her best efforts, the delivery went worse than she could have imagined. Ms. Yakobo ended up with an obstetric fistula – one of the most serious and tragic injuries that can occur during childbirth.

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5 ways female genital mutilation undermines the health of women and girls

Girls and women who undergo FGM face a range of serious health risks – from potentially fatal bleeding to childbirth complications to long-term psychological problems.

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A long road to safety, healing for refugee mothers in Iraq

"I felt the world just stopped and the few minutes that passed felt like an eternity. I couldn’t feel my heart beating anymore and broke into heaving sobs."

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Safe pregnancies for displaced mothers as mobile clinics reach deep into Kachin camps

Anenatal checkups provided by mobile clinics are saving lives of mothers and babies among displaced people in Myanmar.

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In China, women work to raise the status of girls

“Must a girl be of lesser value than a boy?" Wen Xiujuan asked, after having two daughters.

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Reaching pregnant women at risk from conflict in Maguindanao, Philippines

Up to 1,400 pregnant women, 500 of whom are expected to deliver in the next three months, are among the displaced by the fighting.

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Just like your mother? Seven ways motherhood has changed (or not) in the last 25 years

In 1994, the world was transforming. Motherhood would never been quite the same.

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