"One week after I delivered my second child, I realized that there was an issue," Aisha told UNFPA from her hospital bed in Maiduguri, in north-east Nigeria. She had developed an obstetric fistula, a devastating childbirth injury that can derail a woman's whole life.
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Liberia is grappling with rising incidences of sexual and gender-based violence. Children as young as six are being raped, with devastating impact on their health and wellbeing. Little Decontee from Nimba County was returning from the farm when a 22-year old male relative raped her.
At 16 years of age, Maysam Hamed found herself in the women's prison in Jordan. Her crime was that she had run away from child abuse at her father's house, and had found herself on the streets, until the authorities took her in for administrative detention.
With generous funding from the Swedish Government, UN Women has been working with police officers across Moldova for the past two years, to build their knowledge and improve their capacity to respond to domestic violence cases effectively. The programme, titled "Promoting and multiplying good
Passionate and fiery Johanna Tantria T. Wardham, is known universally as Jo. A popular figure in the urban slums of Jakarta, she can often be spotted in Prumpung and other neighborhoods, on the outskirts of Indonesia's bustling capital city. Her mission in life is to build a culture of gender
United Nations peacekeeper Major Seitebatso Pearl Block was commended on Wednesday for developing a Mission-wide, short message service (SMS) campaign to combat gender-based abuse by connecting with women in remote parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
At 16 years of age, David Kovačić is a gender equality activist. As an active member of the Be a Man club, a youth initiative that's spreading across the country, he believes that real men are not violent, and encouraging his peers to take a stand against gender-based violence.
In Ukraine, 35 per cent of women living with HIV have experienced violence since the age of 15. Many women cannot definitively say that they have experienced violence, because they have suffered and witnessed gender-based violence through generations and it has been normalized. For women living with
Women, everywhere, have had enough. Around the world, they are saying #metoo, no longer willing to suffer sexual harassment in silence. In cities across Bangladesh, sexual harassment against women is a daily reality. A project implemented by the Bangladesh National Women Lawyers Association (BNWLA)
Discriminatory stereotypes, cultural norms and attitudes that normalize and trivialize violence against women and girls are prevalent in every part of the world. Nongnee Kondii*, 25, from Yala, a southern border province of Thailand, never felt safe expressing her sexual orientation at home or in
On World Diabetes Day, the United Nations health agency has said that women - especially those in low-income countries - are particularly vulnerable to diabetes, a condition that can be prevented or delayed with medication, regular screening and healthier lives.
After five years of successful collaboration on women and sport, UN Women and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) have renewed their commitment through a second Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The MoU lays out the vision for the next five years of partnership, which will empower women and girls through sport and increase women's leadership and gender equality in the sports industry.
Member States at the annual Conference of the Parties (COP23), convening from 6 - 17 November 2017 in Bonn, Germany, have today adopted a new roadmap to incorporate gender equality and women's empowerment in climate change discourse and actions.
"I often watch boys playing cricket on this ground. But today I caught a glimpse of girl cricketers in action," said Irfan Darji, a 13-year-old spectator at the final match in a trailblazing girls' tournament in Tulihawa, Nepal, on 26 October.
Globally, at least 200 million girls and women alive today have undergone some form of female genital mutilation or cutting (FGM). Sierra Leone has one of the highest rates of FGM in the world, with nine in every 10 women and girls cut, many as young as five years old.
Human trafficking and exploitation are rife among Rohingya refugees who have fled Myanmar to seek safety in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, according to interviews and community focus groups conducted in the district's makeshift settlements by IOM, the UN Migration Agency.
Creating a new normal, students across Bangladesh say no more sexual harassment Women, everywhere, have had enough. Around the world, they are saying #MeToo, no longer willing to suffer sexual harassment in silence. In cities across Bangladesh, sexual harassment against women is a daily reality. A
"Many girls flee their homes with nothing more than the clothes they were wearing," says Apaisaria Kiwori, as she instructs the designated cooks to stir the pots of red kidney beans and rice for dinner.
Pari Ibrahim, 27, is the founder and Executive Director of the Free Yezidi Foundation (FYF), an independent, non-profit organization that provides services for women survivors of the violent ISIS attacks on the Yezidi community, in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.
There is hardly a woman or a girl, in urban and rural areas alike, who has not experienced sexual harassment or the threat of sexual violence in public spaces. Unwanted sexual remarks and jokes, groping, indecent exposure and many other forms of sexual harassment are often trivialized and rarely
Every eleventh woman in Georgia has experienced domestic violence. Many of them cannot leave abusive relationships due to financial dependency. The Adjara Group, a signatory of the Women's Empowerment Principles, an initiative by UN Women and the UN Global Compact, is recruiting survivors and
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.
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.
More women than men live in poverty, but the incidence of poverty differs by age, marital status, household composition and other factors. For the first time, UN Women and the World Bank have analyzed household survey data for 89 countries by sex, age, household composition and other relevant
"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.
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
Complications during pregnancy and childbirth are a leading cause of death among women in South Sudan, which has the fifth highest maternal mortality rate in the world. UNICEF and partners are providing maternal medical kits to health facilities across the country to help more women have safe and healthy births.
In the remote farming village of Sakreang, in Cambodia's far north-east, Romam Pcheuk visits pregnant women in their homes. "I keep my eye on the girls who are pale, and those that get pregnant very young," she explained. "It's my job to warn them of danger signs."
A changing climate poses risks for all of humanity. However, for women and girls in particular, many of whom spend a disproportionate amount of time searching for food, fuel and water, or struggling to grow crops the differentiated impact is tremendous. In fact, when disasters strike, women are more