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As crisis escalates in Yemen, pregnant women need essential care

Civilian fatalities are mounting in Yemen, with some of the deadliest episodes of violence taking place in the last two months. UNFPA estimates over 400,000 pregnant women are caught in the conflict, requiring essential…

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Periods not a problem thanks to pad-making club in Malawi

After finishing class for the day, Fatima Muhammed and Deborah Chavula head to their school’s sewing room to make sanitary napkins. It is an unusual after-school activity, but a vital one: They distribute the pads to…

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Girls in Uganda become SDG "ambassadors," fight teen pregnancy with poetry

Talking about sexual and reproductive health is not easy, especially in the conservative corners of Uganda. But the girls of Buddo Secondary School found a powerful way to address the issue: poetry.

“Plan…

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Emerging from slavery, Yazidi women struggle to recover

“Do not blame me for repeating my story, as what happened to me is the unforgettable story of my life,” Golleh*, a Yazidi woman, said. She had been abducted by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known…

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Women face "unspeakable" sexual violence in South Sudan

“I never felt so empty and helpless,” Tabitha* told UNFPA. She is one of at least a hundred civilians to be sexually assaulted in the wake of South Sudan’s most recent hostilities.

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Upsurge in sexuality education seen in countries with high HIV rates

DURBAN, South Africa – Zandile Simelane was just a teenager when her life was turned upside-down. “At the age of 17, I was diagnosed with HIV,” she told UNFPA at the recent International AIDS Conference in Durban,…

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Brazilian funk music sensation Dream Team do Passinho calls for "More Rights, Less Zika"

Funk music stars from Brazil’s favela communities are calling for people to “get together for more rights, less zika” in their newest single. The band, Dream Team do Passinho, partnered with UNFPA to produce the song,…

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Girls call for tearing down gender barriers in Republic of Moldova

“I feel that if I were a boy, I would have more possibilities to find a stable and better employment,” 14-year-old Amina told UNFPA. Sadly, her suspicions are well-founded.

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No place too far: Midwives deployed to far-flung villages in Myanmar

Midwife Daw Aye Myint is the first health professional to ever be based in Htamakaut, a remote village in the rural Magway region. She arrived there only 11 months ago.

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