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The power of 10: Ten astonishing facts about 10-year-old girls

The world’s future will be determined by the fate of its 10-year-old girls. Age 10 is the beginning of adolescence, when girls start to see possibilities expanding – or contracting. As these girls approach puberty, they…

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For busy garment workers in Lesotho, health care comes on wheels

When factory worker ’Mantina Mphohle, 31, was hit by a car recently, she took two days of sick leave. That time off was unpaid. “You can imagine how disappointed I was when I realized my salary had been cut for the two…

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Stunning plunge in maternal deaths recorded in Maldives

The Maldives has seen a stunning 90 per cent plunge in its maternal death rate over the last 25 years, the largest such drop in the world over this time period, according to joint United Nations estimates.

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“What our daughter has done is a miracle” – the power of one adolescent girl

Three years ago, Sibongile Majaura was on the cusp of dropping out of school, a misfortune all too familiar to girls in Zimbabwe. But she has defied the odds.

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Fifty years after a terrible childbirth injury, Kenyan woman gets a new lease on life

Decades ago, Jumwa Kabibu Kai was pregnant with her second child in the small village of Kidutani, Kenya. The area was poor and isolated – her nearest neighbour was 3 kilometres away – and there was no easy access to a…

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New rules to help end child marriage in Cameroon

“I was forced into marriage by my father at the age of 14,” Faouzia Yaya, now 17, told UNFPA. “My father insisted, even knowing I did not want it. I even ran away to my uncle’s place, but he still found me.”

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After harrowing escape, South Sudan woman welcomes healthy twins

Nyador Dagey, 35, was three months pregnant and bleeding from a gunshot wound when she fled her village in Rubkona County, in South Sudan’s in Unity State, in March.

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“I am a prey to all men”: Refugee women endure poverty, harassment, isolation

When 28-year-old Muna* fled the turmoil in Syria three years ago, she did not imagine she would wind up alone, shouldering responsibility for her family’s care, all while under constant threat of abuse and exploitation.

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Giving birth upright, with maté – Peru clinics open arms to indigenous women

Until recently, indigenous women giving birth in a health facility were forced to abandon their traditional labour preferences, including their tradition of giving birth in an upright position. Many women chose to…

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