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Mamata Nakal Khadka grew up in rural Nepal. "People used to think that their daughters didn't need to go to school," she told UNFPA. "In my mother's time, there were no contraceptives, so women would have eight, nine or even 10 children."

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For years, Ms. Belay's family struggled to put food on the table. Yet she kept having one child after another – in all, she had seven sons.

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