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Cyclone survivor empowered to help her community

Laura had friends lose their homes and even their lives during Cyclone Idai. But in the aftermath, she gathered her strength and began to support women and girls in her community as an outreach volunteer. She provides health information and helps connect women and girls to essential services, with support from UNFPA.

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As Cyclone Idai batters maternity ward, midwives tirelessly save lives

This International Day of the Midwife, meet Adelaide, a midwife in Mozambique who delivered life-saving care to mothers and newborns as Cyclone Idai lashed at her maternity centre. As waters rose and the roof threatened to collapse, she delivered four babies.

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Saving lives during childbirth in rural Al Hudaydah

With support from the European Union Humanitarian Aid, UNFPA is expanding reproductive health services in rural health facilities to ensure health pregnancies and safe deliveries during childbirth. 

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Against All Odds

The film tells the true story of Charity, a girl from the Masai Mara region in Kenya. She loves dearly her parents and is looking forward to the day when she will undergo female genital mutilation  (FGM) and she will become a woman, just like the older girls in the village. One day, however, a film on the risks and consequences of FGM is shown at her boarding school. Charity suddenly changes her mind and breaks the news to her parents. Her mother chooses to listen to her and to support her in her decision, while her father is scared about how people from the village

This is a short version of a longer film, produced by AIDOS, which was created in the framework of the “Building Bridges between Africa and Europe to tackle FGM” project, supported by the UNFPA/UNICEF Joint Programme to Eliminate Female Genital Mutilation

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Ifrah Ahmed speaks out about FGM

At a UNFPA-supported photo exhibition on the harms of female genital mutilation, advocate Ifrah Ahmed spoke about her own experience and her efforts to end the practice.

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Dreams without borders: Britney's journey from Venezuela

“I have been told that it was too dangerous to travel alone, but I did it for my family’s and my own well-being,” said Britney, 18, part of a mass exodus of people leaving Venezuela in search of a better future. UNFPA is supporting her and other women with services at the CEBAF centre. See more about her journey here.

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#AWomanEvenHere

More than 500 women die in pregnancy or childbirth every day in humanitarian and fragile settings

UNFPA has launched "A Woman Even Here," a campaign that calls for partners, donors and the public to prioritize women's right to safety and dignity in humanitarian response. Learn more here. 

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#BornComplete: Kenza's Story on FGM

Kenza is a doctor in her twenties from Djibouti. In the video, she speaks of her experience with FGM as a child and the long-term consequences of the trauma. 

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