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Violence in Marawi displaces thousands of pregnant women and new mothers

Nineteen-year-old Tarhata Mostare gave birth to her third child at home on 23 May – the same day fighting erupted between government forces and the Maute and Abu Sayyaf armed groups in the city of Marawi, on the long-…

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One year after Ebola’s end, Sierra Leone's midwives help mend health system

The horrific Ebola outbreak in West Africa came to an end one year ago. The crisis left over 3,900 Sierra Leoneans dead and health systems in disarray – yet the true toll of the epidemic has been even higher.

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Contraceptives a game changer for crisis-affected women in northern Nigeria

Despite the recent return of dozens of girls abducted by the insurgent group Boko Haram, the crisis in northern Nigeria remains acute, with mass movements of civilian populations within the country and over the border…

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For many women in Ukraine, escape from conflict not an escape from violence

Things started to fall apart for Mariana* when she and her father were forced to flee fighting in the Donetsk region in 2016. Even after escaping the front lines, displaced women and girls can be extraordinarily…

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Counsellors reach out to Kachin communities to end gender violence

“We should not have to live in fear of violence just because we are women,” Khaung Nan declared in Waing Maw, a town in Myanmar’s battle-worn Kachin State. Ms. Khaung Nan works at the Waing Maw Women’s and Girls’ Centre…

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Young people call for education, health care, rights – and politicians are listening

Life is not often easy for Liberia’s young people. It has been 14 years since the end of a brutal civil war, but in many ways communities are still reeling. Poverty is rampant, school enrolment rates are low and…

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After 46 years of suffering, fistula survivor finds relief

A phone call changed Nachilango Bisolomo’s life.

For 46 years, she had suffered from an obstetric fistula, a stigmatizing injury caused by childbirth complications. Fistula causes incontinence and can…

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Investments in male condoms save lives, make economic gains for countries

UNITED NATIONS, New York - Increasing investments in procuring and distributing male condoms provides a significant economic returns for countries with scarce resources, a new study finds. The study, written by experts…

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This Mother’s Day, remembering the joys – and dangers – of motherhood

Motherhood should be a time of joy, but for too many women, it comes with something else: peril.

"Becoming a mother and having a family was always a dream of mine. But I never expected it to happen…

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