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From midwife to MP - Advancing the rights of women in the Comoros

A midwife has become the only female Member of Parliament in the Comoros. She brings the fight for gender equality with her.

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“The world needs to open their eyes”: Kasai survivors call for attention to crisis

“When they entered the village, they started to kill everybody, without exception,” Antone, a 50-year-old refugee, told UNFPA.

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Escaping child marriage in Sierra Leone

"According to our tradition, a girl should get married when she reaches puberty," said Zainab Binta Jalloh.

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Women's centre in Iraq helps women "knit" their lives back together

Three years ago, conflict forced Haneen Ali* to flee her home in Mosul, in northern Iraq. With her parents, she hiked through minefields before finding safety in the Debaga camp. “The journey was long and tiring,” said…

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In the Philippines, information key to halting teenage pregnancy

Universities are throwing their weight behind efforts to end teen pregnancy.

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Health workers can treat, empower survivors of gender-based violence

“I was sold more than once,” Resalah* told UNFPA . A member of the Yazidi minority, she was abducted by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS or Da’esh), traded as property and subjected to…

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Perilous conditions for pregnant women displaced in northern Syria

A surge in violence in Syria’s northern Afrin region has triggered a mass displacement of the civilian population, with an estimated 98,000 people fleeing as the hostilities approached Afrin City. The humanitarian…

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Violence knows no borders: Leaders, activists take on horrors of gender-based violence

Leaders and youth advocates gathered in New York on Tuesday to discuss how to work together to end violence against women and girls, the most prevalent human rights violation in the world. The event, Violence Knows No…

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New generation of women saying: “Not yet”

Kyae Nai, 23, has been married for two years and has one young child, in north-western Myanmar. “I want another child,” she said. “But not yet.”

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