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Harmful traditions contribute to traumatic birth injuries in Chad

Like many child brides, Micheline Yotoudjim suffered terribly after she was married. She was married off at age 14, became pregnant at 16, and then experienced a prolonged, obstructed labour. Her baby was eventually…

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Giving women choices: Family planning options increase in rural Ethiopia

“My heart is with him,” said Netsanet*, speaking of her husband, who has moved away to a distant town, leaving her and their son behind in a rural village in northern Ethiopia.

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Health needs paramount as refugees and migrants stream through Serbia

Every day, thousands of refugees and migrants stream through Serbia, one leg of their perilous journey towards safety and stability. So far this year, over a million migrants and refugees have entered Europe,…

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Youth advocates take on child marriage, gender inequality in Albania

“When I was sixth grade, my mother used to say, very often, ‘Finish this year, and do not go to school anymore’,” said Gina,* a youth advocate from the marginalized Roma community in Albania.

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507 maternal deaths take place every day in emergencies, fragile settings, flagship report says

Humanitarian crises are taking an enormous toll around the world. More people are displaced today than at any time since World War II, and among those affected, women and girls are the most vulnerable.

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Post-rape care needed to protect against HIV in conflict-affected Ukraine

Even before the conflict in Ukraine, sexual and gender-based violence often went unreported due to stigma, fear of retribution, and lack of trust in legal, medical and social support systems. But the conflict has made…

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“If It’s Not On, It’s Not Safe”: Ugandan musicians promote condom use to save lives

“A commando dies if he neglects the bullet proof. How do you work on a farm minus gumboots?” raps popular Ugandan musician GNL Zamba in the hit song “If It’s Not On, It’s Not Safe”. Behind these clever lyrics is a life-…

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Empowering girls to take a stand against violence, abuse

Violence against women and girls is one of the world’s most pervasive human rights abuses. It happens every day, in every region, country and community on the planet, sometimes in plain sight.

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Acceptance of family planning grows in Afghanistan, but myths linger

HERAT, Afghanistan – "It is better to have one child rather than many, so you can give your child the support he needs and the best education you can offer," said Farzana, 37, at the family planning centre in Herat city…

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