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A conversation with UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador Ashley Judd

During the Commission on the Status of Women, UNFPA sat down with Ashley Judd to discuss her appointment and long-time dedication to promoting every girl’s right to reach her full potential.

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Pulled: Tapping into the power of midwives to reduce maternal mortality in Guatemala

Natividad Coc believes midwives are born, not made, and she received the calling herself and started midwifery training while still a young girl. One sunny afternoon, as she makes her rounds in the mountainous district…

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One month later: Getting critical services to pregnant women after Fiji’s Cyclone Winston

One week after Cyclone Winston devastated the island nation of Fiji, Elenoa Adi, age 33, awoke at 4 a.m. to unexpected birth pangs. It was late February, and the baby wasn’t due until April.

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The time is now: A call to end female genital mutilation, child marriage and son selection by 2030

“When I was 12-years old, my family organized a ceremony to transition my sisters and myself to become women,” says Kakenya Ntaiya, a member of Kenya’s Maasai ethnic group. “I was first because I was the oldest. I was…

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Global leaders launch a new programme to support women in conflict zones

“When there is armed conflict, it is often more dangerous to be a woman than a soldier,” said Susana Camarero Benitez, Spain’s Secretary of State for Equality and Social Services, during an event launching a new global…

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Honour roll: Child brides return to school in Niger

When Fati was 12-years old, her father removed her from school in Niamey and sent her to Nigeria to marry a 40-year-old man. A year later, she was hospitalized with injuries inflicted by her new husband. It took several…

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UNFPA saves over $750K in 2015 by increasing use of quality assured generics contraceptives

This reports shows the savings gained in 2015 from purchasing generic RH medicines.

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5000th baby born at a UNFPA-supported clinic for refugees in Jordan

When Mohammad and Kholoud Suliman were told that their infant daughter was the 5000th baby born at the UNFPA-supported women’s clinic in Jordan’s Zaatari refugee camp, they immediately knew how they would mark the…

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Passage to change: Empowering adolescent girls this International Women’s Day

In India, 47 percent of women age 20-24 married before the age of 18. In rural, tribal regions of Udaipur district, the rate of child marriage is 56 per cent. Few of the region’s girls are enrolled in school, and most…

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