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Jana Mustafa is a former employee of an international NGO and a survivor of violence. She lost her job due to an abusive marriage and experienced years of physical and psychological violence. She got a divorce with the legal help of the Hayat Centre in the Gaza Strip.

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Raphaela Barbosa, a handball player from the northern region of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, aspires to play for Brazil's national team one day. She believes that female athletes must be more visible, so that society changes its attitudes about men and women.

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 "If you find yourself in a place that allows you to make a real difference in other women's lives, obstacles will not stop you anymore," says Ayah al-Wakil, a lawyer working at the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) in Gaza Strip.

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More than 2 million people across Mozambique, especially in the southern and central regions, have been affected by severe drought since 2015. The prolonged crisis has exhausted household food stock, disrupted lives and livelihood. For Mozambican women and girls, who are primarily responsible for

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In February 2016, Tropical Cyclone Winston devastated Fiji, showing the heightened vulnerability of people living in the Pacific Islands, where climate change has led to a series of increasingly severe cyclones in the recent years. With farms, markets, including the Rakiraki Market and its

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Congresswoman Gloria Reyes is a strong advocate for increasing women's political participation and recently backed a law against child marriage in the Dominican Republic. She participated in a regional forum organized by UN Women from 9 to 11 of October, focusing on abolishing child marriage in the

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The Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries (CZI), an umbrella organization for more than 300 private sector companies, launched its annual assessment, which for the first time included a gender analysis of women in the sector of the manufacturing sector on 25 October.

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In Samoa, women marrying outside their home village are referred as "nofotane". Nofotane women are often denied any voice in decision-making within their homes and communities. With the support of UN Women's Fund for Gender Equality, the Samoa Victims Support Group raised awareness and advocated for

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UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri will visit Tokyo, Japan from 1 - 3 December to participate in the World Assembly for Women (WAW) 2017, an annual conference that convenes leading figures from around the world to share ideas and strengthen efforts to advance gender equality and women's

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Despite overwhelming challenges women face at the workplace, "they are not helpless," they will follow their dreams, work to the hardest and achieve their business goals, was a core message on day two of a United Nations forum on sustainable development.

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