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As pandemic rages, women and girls face intensified risks

UNITED NATIONS, New York – As the COVID-19 pandemic rages around the world, governments are taking unprecedented measures to limit the
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UNFPA COVID-19 Updates- Reproductive Health During Coronavirus

In times of crisis like the COVID-19 outbreak, healthcare systems are overburdened. Providing essential care – like family planning, prenatal
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Coronavirus, the Elderly, and Pregnant Women: How UNFPA Supports the World’s Most Vulnerable Populations

UNFPA has been following the coronavirus outbreak and tracking its effects on the world’s most vulnerable: the elderly, pregnant women,
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The Current State of Rohingya Refugees and Reproductive Health

Today, approximately 1.2 million Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh require humanitarian aid. Most refugees live in crowded, landslide-prone and hygiene-poor conditions where essential reproductive
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What is gender-based violence (GBV)?

Is it different from domestic violence? What about violence against women? The terms gender-based violence, domestic violence, and violence against women convey similar
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Maternal death in Morocco declining thanks to midwives, but more support needed

RABAT, Morocco – Madame Najat Baloui, a midwife in Casablanca, vividly remembers a childbirth that went horribly wrong. “A woman was
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In rural Zambia, midwives at the Bwacha Health Center provide quality maternal care

Central Province, Zambia – “Every time I report for work, I strive to offer quality services to mothers, including conducting deliveries
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Left in the Dark: How Period Taboos Put Women and Girls at Risk

Periods are a nightmare. Hers are worse. Every day, girls around the world have their first menstrual cycle. A period is a
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Cut to the Core: The Long-Term Effects of FGM

Female genital mutilation, or FGM, is a procedure in which a woman’s reproductive organs are cut, pierced, or otherwise manipulated.
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Sex and Religion: How UNFPA Challenges Taboos

Eight of every ten people in the world follow some sort of religious practice. Faith often plays a significant role
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Stories From the Field

Staggering numbers of women unable to exercise decision-making over their own bodies, new UNFPA report shows

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As COVID-19 pandemic increases childcare burden, calls for Georgian men to step up

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Former child bride, once sold to pay debts, finds a new start

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As pandemic rages, women and girls face intensified risks

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In climate change-affected Lesotho, self-injected contraceptives empower women to choose their own future

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As COVID-19 continues to spread, pregnant and breastfeeding women advised to take precautions

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“We must resolutely resist any attempts to go back”: Listening to the icons and activists of women’s rights

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Better suicide prevention and mental health care needed among Myanmar’s most vulnerable

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Protecting midwives on the front lines of the Ebola response

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Maternal deaths declining in Morocco thanks to midwives, but more support needed

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