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Youth with disabilities face staggering loss of rights

Stripped of their most fundamental reproductive rights, women with disabilities are too often denied access to contraception, subject to forced abortion or sterilization, or denied information about their bodies and…

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The Very Important Girls Group: Investing in youth to invest in the future of Tanzania

Unlike 95 per cent of girls her age in Tanzania’s Shinyanga region, at 17, Rahuba Kenedy was enrolled in secondary school – and excelling academically. Then, she met a charming man and started dating him; however, in…

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Caring for the crisis-affected mothers of Quneitra, Syria

As the explosions of an aerial attack on Syria’s Quneitra governorate rained down around her, teenaged Batool struggled through her first childbirth, to twins – without access to a health care facility or guidance from…

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Midwives deployed in Uganda to prevent ‘social calamity’

A funeral changed Carolyn Akello’s life forever. “A young woman had died while giving birth at home,” she explained.

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Ending AIDS through integrated care: Combining sexual and reproductive health and HIV services in Malawi

Five years ago, people living with HIV could only receive HIV services and antiretroviral therapy (ARV) at Mzenga Health Centre in Malawi’s Nkhata Bay district on Tuesdays. As a result, anyone seen entering the clinic…

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After childbirth trauma, Afghan women emerge from life in shadows

Noorjahan lived with fistula for 49 years until her recent surgery. During those years she hid in one room, rarely leaving, sewing to make a living.

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Global leaders sign unprecedented commitment to address the needs of youth in crisis settings

“When we go to schools and shopping centres, we have to go to the bathroom in groups of three, so that gang members cannot abuse us. They can choose us to be their wives, and if we refuse, we could be killed, and our…

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Rebuilding Syria through innovation: Empowering Syrian youth to become entrepreneurs

Despite the limited transportation, perpetual security threats and bombings ravaging her adopted city, Leen Darwish, a confident and optimistic 23-year-old woman, stayed steadfastly determined to continue her education…

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Meeting the needs of Ecuador’s women and girls in the aftermath of three earthquakes

After her home was destroyed on 16 April, by the first, and largest, of the three devastating earthquakes to hit Ecuador in the span of one month, Jeanette Reyes, age 29, couldn’t take long to mourn the destruction of…

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