HARGEISA - Asha Ali Ibrahim, 41, has been performing female genital mutilation (FGM) on girls in Diaami, Hargeisa and other parts of Somalia since 1997. July and August are her busiest months of the year. "This is the peak season, when parents bring their children to be cut," she told UNFPA.
NAMPULA CITY, Mozambique - "Some adolescent girls will leave school to marry for money," 21-year-old Edma told UNFPA. "Some are engaging in unsafe sexual behaviours, unaware of the risks and their rights." Edma sees these realities every day. And she has made it her mission to change things: She has become a mentor.
Until now, the law in the Kingdom of Jordan allowed a rapist to avoid prosecution by marrying his victim for a minimum period of five years. In a historic move, on 3 August, the Parliament of Jordan voted to abolish the infamous "rape law"-article 308 of the Penal Code.
Tunisia made historic strides by passing its first national law to combat violence against women on 26 July, 2017. The long-awaited legislation, which passed with 146 votes out of 217 and zero abstentions, takes a comprehensive approach by combining measures for prevention of violence and support for survivors.
AHUACHAPÁN, El Salvador - "I could have died the day my son was born," said Evelyn*, who became pregnant when she was only 13. Her pregnancy was complicated, and she spent most of the time bedridden and in constant discomfort. During her pregnancy, Evelyn had a variety of severe complications, including gestational diabetes and preeclampsia.
Whether through earning or learning, over 2000 Afghan women are helping themselves. Pickled vegetables, mushroom production and complementary feed preparations are the FAO initiatives that - in collaboration with the national Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock and donations from the governments of Germany and Luxemburg - are reaching the most vulnerable.
For #WomensDay, we asked women around the world why work is important. Here's what they said. Full video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xepn2Ekia3c Information for media: If you would like to use this video to communicate refugee stories or require B-Roll, transcripts, stills or much more information, please contact us at drozditb [at] unhcr.org or tibaw [at] unhcr.org.