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Finding justice for survivors of gender-based violence in Somalia

PUNTLAND, Somalia – Sixteen-year-old Sahra* was herding goats in Puntland, Somalia, last September when a man approached her and asked for drinking water. She gave him the water, but then he grabbed her and, at…

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Youth take the lead in Papua New Guinea

After Benaiah Nari watched his peers navigate the treacherous waters of adolescence in Papua New Gunea, he became determined to change the status quo.

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Fierce winter weather batters displaced Syrians throughout region

BEIRUT/DAMASCUS/ERBIL/ZAATARI – “A bullet to the chest without armor, that’s what a storm of this proportion feels like for people with little shelter,” said a Syrian woman refugee in Saida, Lebanon.

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Tackling fallen uterus and its causes in rural Ethiopia

ASSOSA, Ethiopia – Santibe Kurben, 40, suffered for years from uterine prolapse – a condition in which pelvic muscles become weakened, causing the uterus to slip down into, or even out of, the birth canal. The condition…

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Recognizing an unsung hero – the ambulance driver

ADJUMANI, Uganda – Laura Jurua, a 26-year-old South Sudanese refugee, went into labour in the middle of the night in her temporary shelter in the Boroli refugee settlement, in Uganda’s Adjumani District. As her labour…

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On Valentine’s Day, young people around the world say #IDONT to child marriage

UNITED NATIONS, New York – This Valentine’s Day young people around the world are harnessing the power of social media to raise their voice against child marriage.

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Top 10 myths about child marriage

UNITED NATIONS, New York – Despite widespread condemnation of child marriage, the practice persists around the world, perpetuated by a toxic mix of poverty and gender inequality. Yet the issue is often deeply…

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Martial artists fight gender discrimination, violence in Tajikistan

DUSHANBE, Tajikistan – “Strong men respect women.” These were the words of World Taekwondo Champion Daler Tyuryaev, who is helping to lead a movement of martial artists in the battle against gender-based violence and…

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The start of a movement: Girls rising up against FGM

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a human rights violation – one that can lead to haemorrhage, infection, complications during childbirth, infertility, and, in some cases, even death. Yet it remains common in Tanzania…

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