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Violence survivors find compassion, care at Cameroon's Listening Centre

How does one comfort the family of an abused adolescent girl, or assist a pregnant survivor of sexual assault? In Batouri, in eastern Cameroon, these difficult tasks are the responsibility of two Catholic priests, who…

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Grim but essential, autopsies are saving lives in Bangladesh

Something went terribly wrong when Asta Banu gave birth. Her labour seemed to take forever, and when the baby – a boy – was finally born, he was unresponsive.

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Before it’s too late: Doctors take on one of the deadliest places for women

Health workers are learning to improve maternal survival in one of the world’s deadliest places for mothers. In the corner is a makeshift delivery room, where pregnant mannequins wait in various stages of labour.…

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“Never, ever” again – a former circumciser calls for an end to FGM

Asiya Hamed spent much of her life performing female genital mutilation (FGM) on girls in her community. She cannot remember how many girls she has cut, but she knows what the consequences have been.

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Girls’ rights: Goedele Liekens looks back on 15 years of progress

Today, on the International Day of the Girl Child, UNFPA’s Goodwill Ambassador Goedele Liekens reflects on how conditions have improved for girls’ health and rights over the last 15 years – and how much still has to be…

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The power of girls: African athletes call for gender equality, support for girls

The strength, power and potential of girls were unmistakable at the All African Games, held in Brazzaville last month, where many young female athletes were determined not only to win medals but also to advance the…

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Despite trauma, a little help goes a long way for Syrian refugees

“I’d just gotten off the night shift,” said ‘Aida*, a nurse, describing the morning her neighbourhood in Ghouta, Syria, was attacked with Sarin gas . “My son called out to me. He couldn’t see.” It was 21 August 2013.…

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Kenyan support centre offers care, hope to refugees from South Sudan

Every once in a while, Joyce Dabor is jolted from sleep by memories of the day she was separated from her children. It was the day they finally escaped the bloody conflict in South Sudan. Ms. Dabor was pregnant at the…

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Child marriage “shatters” the future of girls, communities

When Roukiatou Youssoupha Diallo, in rural Burkina Faso, was engaged to be married, she was not even 13 years old. The traditional practice, one embraced by her family and much of their community, was not intended to…

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