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Cambodian smash hit Love9 tackles taboo subject: sexual health

“My engine is still working!” a young man in a clinic yelled gleefully, having just testing negative for sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Patients in the waiting room turned to gawk at him. It was a scene from…

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Thousands of pregnant women displaced by Boko Haram in Niger

DIFFA, Niger/UNITED NATIONS, New York – Tens of thousands of people have been forced to flee south-eastern Niger following an attack by Boko Haram militants in early June. UNFPA estimates some 3,000 pregnant women are…

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Carmen Barroso and Childbirth with Dignity Foundation win 2016 UN Population Award

Women's health and rights took centre stage at yesterday's United Nations Population Award ceremony, held at UN Headquarters in New York. The UN honoured Brazilian social scientist Carmen Barroso and the…

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Nuns schooled on sexual and reproductive health in Bhutan

Nuns might seem like the last people needing sexual and reproductive health education. But in the tiny, landlocked Himalayan nation of Bhutan, holy women are being empowered by this information – and they, in turn, are…

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"Best friends" save women’s lives in war-weary Central African Republic

Mathilde learned she was pregnant under the direst of circumstances: in a displacement camp in the war-ravaged Central African Republic, where she was struggling to support herself with no partner or parents.

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Youth with disabilities face staggering loss of rights

Stripped of their most fundamental reproductive rights, women with disabilities are too often denied access to contraception, subject to forced abortion or sterilization, or denied information about their bodies and…

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The Very Important Girls Group: Investing in youth to invest in the future of Tanzania

Unlike 95 per cent of girls her age in Tanzania’s Shinyanga region, at 17, Rahuba Kenedy was enrolled in secondary school – and excelling academically. Then, she met a charming man and started dating him; however, in…

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Caring for the crisis-affected mothers of Quneitra, Syria

As the explosions of an aerial attack on Syria’s Quneitra governorate rained down around her, teenaged Batool struggled through her first childbirth, to twins – without access to a health care facility or guidance from…

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Midwives deployed in Uganda to prevent ‘social calamity’

A funeral changed Carolyn Akello’s life forever. “A young woman had died while giving birth at home,” she explained.

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