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In her words: A child bride from Yemen forced to grow up too fast

Ibtisam* is a 16-year-old girl living in Yemen who shared her story of marrying at 14. Of the 4 million girls married before the age of 18 in Yemen, 1.4 million were married before age 15.

Since I was…

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Girls in Sudan are coding their way to a brighter future

At the ShareZone Centre filled with laptops and three technical instructors, aspiring coders Hajer, 18, and Eman, 25, see the results of their work: the words “Hello, World!” moving across their computer screens. Last…

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7 things you might not know about child marriage

Around the world, Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love, romance and commitment – an occasion, perhaps, to get engaged or married. But for millions, what should be a joyous moment is not the stuff of fairy tales. Too…

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Crisis after the storm: needs soar for women and girls in typhoon-ravaged Philippines

When Super Typhoon Rai (Odette) barrelled down on the Philippines on 16 December 2021, its 195km/h winds and torrential rain tore through hundreds of thousands of homes, businesses and vital infrastructure, putting…

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Drought in Kenya proves a setback to eliminating female genital mutilation

There are two rainy seasons in Kenya: The long rains in March, April and May and the short rains in October, November and December. The past three seasons have failed, and the next one is forecast to do the same. In…

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In Somalia, 100 mothers pledge not to subject daughters to female genital mutilation

When Halima* was eight, she underwent female genital mutilation under the blade of her mother, a traditional birth attendant (TBA). “The procedure was painful, with no anaesthesia. I bled for days,” she recalled. “I was…

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Women refugees bear the brunt of Ethiopia’s forgotten crisis in Gambella

Nyabel fled to Ethiopia more than five years ago from Nasir in the Upper Nile state of South Sudan, after conflict broke out in 2013 and displaced some 1.5 million people. She arrived at the camp with little more than…

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For gender-based violence survivors in Palestine, a little assistance goes a long way

After receiving psychosocial and well-being services at the UNFPA-supported women and girls’ safe space for gender-based violence survivors in Nablus, women may leave with vocational training experience to help them…

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Fighting for justice against gender-based violence in Madagascar

Cases of gender-based violence, including rape, are tragically common in Madagascar: over 14 per cent of women have experienced sexual violence at some point in their lifetime, and one women in four have been subjected…

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