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In race to save women's lives, solutions are within reach, says UNFPA head

NEW YORK, United States - There are fewer than 500 days left to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and too little progress has been made towards reducing maternal and child deaths. Yet simple, proven…

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Religious leaders call for action on sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights at UN

UNITED NATIONS, New York - A delegation of faith leaders at the United Nations today issued a rousing call to action on the fulfilment and protection of sexual and reproductive health and rights. Their declaration,…

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Gender equality guaranteed in Tunisia's new constitution

TUNIS/NEW YORK - Tunisia's adoption of a constitution guaranteeing equal rights and protection from gender-based violence is a huge step forward, says Meherzia Laabidi, the vice-president of the country's…

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In Thailand's refugee camps, shifting attitudes about sexual and reproductive health

MAE SOT, Thailand - Visiting a sexual and reproductive health clinic may seem ordinary for many women. But this is not the case for Saba, 21, who has been living in the Mae La refugee camp along Thailand's border…

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Combating Tanzania's high child marriage rates

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania - Happiness, from the Mara Region of Tanzania, was 12 years old when her parents decided she was old enough to be married. They pulled her from school, planned to have her undergo female genital…

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Pregnant women forced to flee escalating crisis in Iraq

DUHOK, Iraq - With hostilities nearing her village in northern Iraq, 30-year-old Khawla had little choice but to flee - while she was eight months pregnant. She and her seven children spent days on the run before…

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Sierra Leone saves lives with sunlight

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone – Fatmata Kamara, from Sierra Leone’s Kambia District, could not hide her surprise when she learned she would not have to bring candles or a torch to the clinic when she was ready to deliver her…

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Ageing population doesn’t have to be a ‘time bomb,’ say experts

CHIANG MAI, Thailand - The catastrophe predicted to result from the rapid ageing of Asian populations is far from inevitable, said experts at a regional conference organized by the HelpAge International with support…

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In Sudan, male partners critical in fight against FGM

KHARTOUM, Sudan – Sheikh Mohamed Saeed, a 74-year-old community leader in Sudan’s Wad Sharefai Refugee Camp, has become an unlikely advocate to end female genital mutilation (FGM).Wad Sharefai Camp is in the eastern…

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