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First menstruation is often accompanied by fear, shame, lack of information, women and girls in Arab states reveal

An informal online survey in the region found 24 of 69 respondents had no information about menstruation prior to experiencing their first period.

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Urgent funding needed to assist survivors of sexual and gender-based violence in Tigray

“I was running from place to place without food or shelter. I was in fear all the time... There was no safe place for me until I got to the safe house,” 22-year-old Selam* recounted to UNFPA.

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Piloting drones to deliver life-saving products for women in rural Botswana

This month, Botswana became the first country in Southern Africa, and the third in Africa, to pilot drone technology for health-care delivery.

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In Mozambique, an obstetric fistula survivor's journey from "I was nothing" to "I am capable of everything"

Beatriz Sebastião suffered in silence. She had no friends in the neighborhood or at school. When she went to church, she sat alone. When she went to the river, other women mocked her before leaving to bathe elsewhere.…

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Tanzanian helpline reaching thousands of at-risk women and girls every day

“I was very scared on behalf of the poor child. I felt her pain,” the counsellor told Dr. Kanem. “But I told myself I should be strong for that child."

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Serving survivors of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

These survivors are not passive victims; they are emboldened and calling for change.

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Girl advocates in India step up to protect health, human rights amid the pandemic

Young people are doing their part to protect their communities from the virus.

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Laotian LGBTQI youth find peace, purpose and community

Growing up, Bill didn’t have anywhere to go to about the confusion she felt about her gender identity. In secondary school, classmates used to taunt her feminine mannerisms, calling her “sissy” and “kathoey” (“ladyboy…

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Budding photographers in post-cyclone Bangladesh capture wreckage – and resilience

One year ago this month, Cyclone Amphan unleashed its fury across Bangladesh, killing 26 and damaging thousands of homes, agricultural lands, bridges and roads. But even as the headlines receded like the waters and the…

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