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How a new blood bank is saving the lives of pregnant women in Darfur

Last year, when Zahar Ali went into labour with her first child, her family brought her to El Fasher Maternity Hospital, North Darfur’s largest health facility offering maternity services. After examining Zahar, her…

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Prime time dads: Improving gender equality in Georgia through reality TV

The camera zooms in, panning across a marble mantle covered with family photos of three young boys and their happy, smiling parents, then stops on what studies have shown is a statistically uncommon site in Georgia: A…

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Ensuring safe deliveries for women in conflict-affected areas of Eastern Ukraine

Elena, age 31, found out that she was pregnant with her second child shortly before a ceasefire was declared in Eastern Ukraine last September. Elena’s home town of Makiivka had been experiencing heavy, often deadly…

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Fighting for justice for women amidst conflict in Yemen

Aisha* was raised in a one room apartment adjacent to her father’s grocery shop in a small town 100 kilometres from Sana’a, Yemen’s capital. When she was 12, her father introduced her to a 60-year-old man and informed…

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A conversation with UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador Ashley Judd

During the Commission on the Status of Women, UNFPA sat down with Ashley Judd to discuss her appointment and long-time dedication to promoting every girl’s right to reach her full potential.

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Pulled: Tapping into the power of midwives to reduce maternal mortality in Guatemala

Natividad Coc believes midwives are born, not made, and she received the calling herself and started midwifery training while still a young girl. One sunny afternoon, as she makes her rounds in the mountainous district…

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One month later: Getting critical services to pregnant women after Fiji’s Cyclone Winston

One week after Cyclone Winston devastated the island nation of Fiji, Elenoa Adi, age 33, awoke at 4 a.m. to unexpected birth pangs. It was late February, and the baby wasn’t due until April.

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The time is now: A call to end female genital mutilation, child marriage and son selection by 2030

“When I was 12-years old, my family organized a ceremony to transition my sisters and myself to become women,” says Kakenya Ntaiya, a member of Kenya’s Maasai ethnic group. “I was first because I was the oldest. I was…

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Global leaders launch a new programme to support women in conflict zones

“When there is armed conflict, it is often more dangerous to be a woman than a soldier,” said Susana Camarero Benitez, Spain’s Secretary of State for Equality and Social Services, during an event launching a new global…

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