When she was 15, Halima Yakoy Adam was forced to become a suicide bomber. Now, she is a paralegal dedicated to educating her community about all forms of violence against women.
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"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.
Large-scale displacement and a health system in tatters as a result of persistent violence by the Boko Haram terrorist group have left many - most worryingly, pregnant women and their unborn babies - vulnerable to cholera in the wake of an outbreak in August, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has warned
Yana, 25, was three months pregnant when she fell sick with cholera just days ago. "I was already suffering, but then I started bleeding, and the baby is gone now," she told UNFPA in one of the tent wards for cholera patients at a displacement camp outside Maiduguri, the capital of Nigeria's conflict-scarred Borno State.
Two years ago, on 14 April, 2014, Boko Haram abducted 276 girls from their dormitory beds at a secondary school in Chibok, Nigeria. Yesterday, on the two-year anniversary of their disappearance, a video surfaced showing 15 of the 219 girls who are still missing standing against a wall in black robes.
The Bondage of Culture, a nine-minute film on female genital mutilation (FGM) by Kenyan journalist Diana Kendi, was selected as the winner of the first annual Efua Dorkenoo Pan Africa Award for Reportage on FGM.
Marking the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), dozens of women, girls, experts, and United Nations officials gathered today at a special event at UN Headquarters to discuss ways of eliminating the harmful practice by 2030 and to celebrate the increased mobilization against it.