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Girls call for tearing down gender barriers in Republic of Moldova

“I feel that if I were a boy, I would have more possibilities to find a stable and better employment,” 14-year-old Amina told UNFPA. Sadly, her suspicions are well-founded.

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No place too far: Midwives deployed to far-flung villages in Myanmar

Midwife Daw Aye Myint is the first health professional to ever be based in Htamakaut, a remote village in the rural Magway region. She arrived there only 11 months ago.

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Stay and deliver: Saving lives under gunfire in Juba

Ferocious violence erupted in Juba, the capital of South Sudan, killing or wounding hundreds and displacing tens of thousands. Yet amid the bloodshed, heroes emerged, like midwife Aber Evaline, who stood her ground to…

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Poverty, inequality at the heart of the Zika outbreak

When 30-year-old Greicy Alves was diagnosed with Zika in her first trimester, it did not seem like a big deal. The disease was widely considered to be mild. But by the time her son, Gabriel, was born, the disease had…

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Local Egyptian heroine aims to end “huge” suffering caused by FGM

In her daily life, Hoda Hamed, is a quiet 37-year-old kindergarten teacher, but when she is off the clock, she is a force of nature. Ms. Hamed is an outspoken advocate for women and girls, working tirelessly to convince…

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Maternal death rate plunges in Lao People's Democratic Republic

"The village was full of kids before,” said Agnod, 56, in a remote community in the Lao People's Democratic Republic. Nestled in a forest near the border with Viet Nam, the village of Labangkhok is one of the…

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Getting help to nomad moms on the move in West Darfur

Something was terribly wrong. Zahra Zakaria was eight months pregnant when she went into labour in a tent in Kondabi, a remote village in Sudan’s West Darfur state. It was her sixth childbirth, but the pain this time…

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World Population Day in Six Eye-Popping Charts

Despite strides the world has made towards gender equality, teenage girls remain extremely vulnerable. Too many girls continue to see their rights abridged and prospects diminished by discrimination, exploitation and…

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Young volunteers meet critical reproductive health needs in Liberia

Jackie knows about heartbreak. She became pregnant in the ninth grade and was forced to leave school. Then, when her baby was nearly two years old, she suddenly fell sick. “I took her to the clinic. But when I came back…

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