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Iraq centre brings specialized care to gender violence survivors

The town of Duhok, in northern Iraq, is filled with survivors of conflict. More than 46,000 people are scattered across three displacement camps, and thousands more are living outside the camps, according to the UN…

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Families increasingly resort to child marriage as Yemen’s conflict grinds on

A recent assessment by UNFPA and the Italian aid group INTERSOS indicates that families in Yemen are increasingly resorting to child marriage as the conflict drives them deeper into poverty and desperation.

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Communities in the Amazon band together to save pregnant women

Margarita Mamallacta’s community, in a remote Ecuadorian district on the edge of the Amazon rainforest, was not always a safe place for mothers. Pregnant women in the indigenous communities here, in the Putumayo Canton…

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Return of Chibok girls highlights needs of women and girls

“We cannot underestimate the amount of support that each of these girls will need,” said Joy Michael, a UNFPA humanitarian analyst, in the weeks following the release of 21 schoolgirls captured by insurgent group Boko…

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Conflict, poverty, poor health conditions a deadly mix for mothers in South Sudan

Insecurity, poverty and poor health care continue to be a deadly mix in South Sudan. Tragedy struck the hospital in the eastern town of Torit after health workers went on strike. During the chaos, Justine Mangwi, the…

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Risks to women and girls soar in hurricane-slammed Haiti

Hurricane Matthew roared through Haiti one month ago, destroying homes, hospitals, roads, crops and lives. With health and protection systems ravaged, risks to women and girls have soared. Urgent action is required to…

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Women’s health needs critical as battle for Mosul intensifies

With military operations underway to retake Mosul from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS or Daesh), thousands of civilians have fled and displacement is expected to rapidly escalate. The…

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With high child marriage rates among Syrian refugees, one girl takes a stand

When Raneem Abras, 16, fled the devastation in Aleppo, Syria, three years ago, her family found safety in Lebanon’s Chouf Mountains. But some dangers have followed them – in the form of marriage proposals.

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Violence against women escalates under Yemen's brutal conflict

The catastrophic conflict in Yemen has killed thousands and economic deprivations have pushed many into grinding poverty. Under these strains, women are more vulnerable than ever to violence and exploitation.

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