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Thiri became pregnant at age 15. A marriage was hastily arranged for her, and she dropped out of school. © UNFPA Myanmar/Yenny Gamming
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Every year, almost 50,000 teenage girls in Myanmar give birth, according to data from the 2014 census. Thiri* was one of them. She became pregnant when she was only 15 years old.
Dr. Hiba Al-Mallah gives family planning counselling to Syrian refugees. She says there are many misconceptions about contraception. © UNFPA Jordan/Elspeth Dehnert
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I don’t want more kids and I’m afraid to get pregnant,” said Fatima*, a 37-year-old Syrian refugee and mother of six, at a UNFPA-supported clinic.
District family court judge Yorlin Matamoro has received a UNFPA-supported master's degree in gender equality and human rights. © UNFPA Nicaragua/Joaquín Zuñiga
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At only 19, Michelle Zeledón, from the north of Nicaragua, has been through a lot. She watched her father beat her mother, and endured years of his verbal abuse. “One time, during the Holy Week, my dad tried to kill my mother,” she told UNFPA.

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