Conflict fueling sexual violence in northern Ethiopia

MEKELLE, Tigray – “We tried to flee on the back of a truck, but they caught us. They took me away, raped me and left me in the bush.” Mahlet* was just 17 when she fled her home in November 2021 to escape the conflict raging in Ethiopia’s northern…

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Ukrainian refugees in Moldova guaranteed access to comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services

KYIV, Ukraine – “I caught the last evacuation train out. The next day, the station was bombed.” Katya is still haunted by the very different turn her life could have taken.  At seven-months pregnant, she had been hiding with her family in a basement for 11 days. When she…

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Three survivors, three stories: Picking up the pieces of lives broken by obstetric fistula

KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of the Congo/KURIGRAM DISTRICT, Bangladesh/KILIFI, Kenya Pemba was called “ndoki,” or “witch,” by her community, including her father and siblings. Sojina felt like a prisoner in the room she was banished to, forbidden to step outside even to worship. Jamila’s career as an early childhood development…

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Women and youth take climate action in Malawi

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Las niñas y adolescentes merecen tener un futuro seguro y brillante.

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Conflict fuelling sexual violence in northern Ethiopia

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Ukrainian refugees in Moldova guaranteed access to comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services

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Sexual violence in conflict: Overlooked, under-reported and in danger of being “normalized”

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Women journalists threatened with sexual violence, hate speech

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