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18 November 2015
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Highlighting the efforts to end FGM/C in the Arab States

While the world today marks the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation and Cutting (FGM/C) under the theme: "Synergy of action by Governments, International Community and... Read more

12 November 2015
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New Report on Midwifery Workforce in the Arab Region

A report released today by UNFPA (Arab States Regional Office) analyses the situation of the midwifery workforce in selected Arab countries, adopting the same methodology as, and building on the... Read more

12 November 2015
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Maternal death ratio has fallen 44 per cent since 1990 – UN

Report from WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, World Bank Group and the United Nations Population Division highlights progress  GENEVA/NEW YORK, 12 November 2015 – The maternal death ratio has fallen by 44 per cent... Read more

2 November 2015
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Intense fighting has left much of Yemen battle-scarred. The chaos has left women and girls increasingly vulnerable. © OCHA/Philippe Kropf

As Yemen conflict drags on, women’s vulnerability grows

HARADH, Yemen – Conditions for Yemeni women and girls are deteriorating as the conflict in Yemen drags on. The stress and chaos of the crisis, coupled with entrenched gender inequality, have left... Read more

7 October 2015
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‘Aida struggled to recover from the memories of the Sarin gas attacks in Ghouta, Syria. After her family fled to Lebanon, services at a women’s centre helped her start a small business. © UNFPA/David Brunetti

Despite trauma, a little help goes a long way for Syrian refugees

AMMAN, Jordan – “I’d just gotten off the night shift,” said ‘Aida*, a nurse, describing the morning her neighbourhood in Ghouta, Syria, was attacked with Sarin gas. “My son called out to me. He... Read more

22 September 2015
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A survivor of gender-based violence was photographed at a displacement camp in 2011

Violence, inequality plague women in conflict-ravaged Yemen

SANA’A, Yemen – The abuse had been going on for longer than anyone knows. Tahani,* now around age 40, was born with an intellectual disability in rural Yemen. After her father died, her brother was... Read more

22 September 2015
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As Europe’s Refugee Crisis Worsens, Thousands of Women and Girls on the Move Urgently Need Reproductive Health Care

UNITED NATIONS, NEW YORK/ISTANBUL – With hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants moving from Greece through the Balkans to reach Western and Northern Europe, the countries along the transit... Read more

11 September 2015
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Nafessa was the first baby to be saved by the new incubator at Al-Mahabisha Hospital

Yemen conflict takes massive toll on health systems

HAJJAH, Yemen – Mustafa rushed his pregnant wife to the hospital closest to their remote town in Yemen’s Hajjah Governorate. There, she delivered a girl named Bushra – but the baby was dangerously... Read more

26 August 2015
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Shelled Al Aqsa Hospital in Deir al Balah Gaza Strip © ALRESALA Newspaper

One year after Gaza conflict, situation for women and youth remains dire

GAZA – Khalet* has just celebrated his first birthday. He was born during the recent hostilities in Gaza, which ended in August 2014. During the conflict, his pregnant mother, Samah, moved from... Read more

24 August 2015
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Jannah* refuses to marry off her 14-year-old daughter, despite pressure from relatives. “I will die before I give my daughter away,” she said. © UNFPA/David Brunetti

Syrian refugee parents take a stand against child marriage

AMMAN, Jordan – Child marriages appear to be rising among Syrian refugees as families grow increasingly desperate under the grinding four-year-old conflict. Alarming reports show that parents are... Read more

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