On this International Women's Day, we imagine a world where every woman and girl has access to quality and affordable health care, a world in which women and girls can freely exercise their sexual and reproductive health rights, and one where all women and girls are treated and respected as equals.
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BANGKOK, Thailand - Mon* began dating her boyfriend when she was 14 years old. They met online. A few months in, "he wanted to have sex," she recalled. "He did not use any protection. I was scared at first, but he said he would take all responsibility."
The United Nations human rights wing has called on the Latin American nation, El Salvador, to immediately halt the application of a law that unduly penalizes women for abortion-related offenses and to review all cases to ensure their compliance with international human rights standards.
Early spring seeps through grimy windows, lighting a small unkempt apartment. The place is so dirty that Bibinur begins to feel nauseated. She finds a clear spot to sit down with Almagul, who recently gave birth to a baby boy.
I started to feel quite sick, says 40-year-old Darlene*, describing a period in her life a few years ago. After going to a health centre, I was referred to a hospital where I was hospitalized for several weeks.
World AIDS Day Statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women for World AIDS Day.
HA TŠEPO, Lesotho, 28 November 2017 - A cloud of yellow dust blows into the group sitting on the ground at the village centre. Toddlers run, legs wobbly, to bury their faces in the open arms of their mothers, as the women pull down kerchiefs to protect their eyes.
Chaxelle rocks her daughter Gloria gently as she laughs happily and waves her small hands. The five-year-old gazes at her mother's face adoringly; this is after all, the woman who does everything she can to shield her from a life that has already proven to be tough as nails for the Burundian family.
Aashu Tresa, 32, remembers when becoming a mother was a life-or-death proposition. When she was growing up, no one in her rural village, Misree Kolhi, gave birth under the care of a trained health worker. "Unskilled, untrained birth attendants were doing deliveries in our community.
For 23-year-old Fatima, it took the death of one child to spark a simple but transformational change, to convince the whole village to start using toilets and improve the health of many young lives.