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3 March 2021
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Ensuring safe births amid a disaster: Community volunteer uses motorcycle ambulance to save mothers' lives

BUDUUDA DISTRICT, Uganda—Davis Mukimba is a UNFPA/ACORD community volunteer who doubles up as a motorcycle ambulance rider for Bukigai Health Centre III in Buduuda district, on the slopes of Mount... Read more

26 February 2021
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Innovative Smart Bag redefines menstruation management for refugee girls in Uganda

KYAKA II REFUGEE SETTLEMENT/KAMPALA, Uganda—In Uganda, menstruation management presents a daunting challenge for so many adolescent girls and women. The inability to adequately manage their periods... Read more

19 February 2021
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Repaired after 21 years of living with a fistula, this survivor wants other girls to learn from her experience

JUBA, South Sudan – Married and pregnant as a teenager, she lost three babies in childbirth and suffered the horrific indignity of an obstetric fistula, a hole in the birth canal caused by the... Read more

11 February 2021
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Pregnant women struggle to find support, stability after displacement from Tigray Region in Ethiopia

GONDAR, Ethiopia – “When you think about your future, you never plan to be uprooted from the comfort of your home and find fragile safety in a tent,” said Hiwot*, 24, from Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray... Read more

11 February 2021
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Act to End FGM in Africa

Blog by Dr. Julitta Onabanjo, UNFPA Regional Director for East and Southern Africa February 2021   I grew up knowing that in the many communities of my birth place in Nigeria, female genital... Read more

10 February 2021
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How this influential woman is leading social change on FGM and child marriage in Ethiopian community

ABALA DISTRICT, Afar Region, Ethiopia—“Women suffer during sexual intercourse with their husbands and face untold misery during childbirth due to female genital mutilation,” says Aisha Dima Abdella,... Read more

10 February 2021
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UNFPA elevates climate action to safeguard the wellbeing of women and girls during the Decade of Action

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa—The impact of climate change is already being felt and is projected to intensify significantly over the next 10 years. During the Nairobi Summit in Kenya in 2019, a... Read more

5 February 2021
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2 million additional cases of female genital mutilation likely to occur over next decade due to COVID-19

Only united, concerted and well-funded action can end this human rights violation   Statement on the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation 6 February 2021 UNFPA Executive... Read more

4 February 2021
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Reformed cutters protect the next generation from female genital mutilation in Kenya

TAMUGH, WEST POKOT COUNTY, Kenya – More than 10,000 girls over 30 years. That’s how many girls three women here cut in female genital mutilation rituals – almost one girl a day, every day, spanning... Read more

3 February 2021
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Turning the tide for women and girls caught in the Cabo Delgado crisis

Reflections by Dr. Julitta Onabanjo, UNFPA Regional Director for East and Southern Africa   As governments and communities rallied together to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, other humanitarian... Read more

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