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"He expected me to know everything he was thinking. If I didn’t, his verbal attacks were merciless," said Gemila*, a survivor of gender-based violence. © UNFPA Turkey/Rebecca Zerzan
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“His verbal attacks were merciless,” says Gemila, a 28-year-old Syrian refugee, about her husband. UNFPA Turkey is running safe spaces funded by the European Commission - Civil Protection & Humanitarian Aid Operations - ECHO to help survivors of gender-based violence like Gemila.

Angelique Twagiramungu, a participant of UN Women's leadership and public speaking training in Karongi District and member of the National Women`s Council in Rwanda.
UN Women

Five years back something historic happened. The 2013 Rwandan Parliamentary elections ushered in a record-breaking 64 per cent of seats for women candidates, making Rwanda the top country for women in politics.

Minister of Public Health, Family and Social Cohesion Maria Inácia Có Mendes Sanhá and First Lady Maria Rosa Goudiaby Vaz cut a ribbon to open a UNFPA-supported maternity waiting home in Buba.
UNFPA

Until last month, when a woman needed an emergency Caesarean section on the island of Bubaque, in Guinea-Bissau, she had to take a five-hour boat ride to the capital city. And the boat ran only once a week. Bubaque’s regional hospital – which serves 17 islands in the Bijagos archipelago – did not have any surgical ward at all. It also lacked the ability to provide emergency obstetric and neonatal care. A new surgical ward, supported by UNFPA and the government of Portugal, opened at the regional hospital on 25 July.

Halima, now 19, is a paralegal dedicated to helping women and girls.
UNFPA

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.

A post-partum mother with her newborn at the Al Thawra Hospital maternity ward.
ReliefWeb

Escalating violence in Hodeidah, Yemen, threatens the city's estimated 90,000 pregnant women and girls, UNFPA has announced. Some 14,000 of these women and girls are likely to encounter pregnancy-related complications requiring emergency care, but access to health services has been severely limited by the ongoing crisis.

Dr. Hadel Bakjaje says certain vaginal infections "can become chronic and can cause miscarriages and early births."
UNFPA

Refugee women and girls face extraordinary hardships. They endure grave risks and often brutal violence, and many are thrust into poverty. But they can also face another, more intimate, hardship, one that is seldom discussed - the effects of exile on their sexual and reproductive health.

Me Me teaches adolescent girls in the camp about their health and human rights, and helps them understand their own potential.
UNFPA

Me Me, a women's protection & empowerment counsellor in a UNFPA-supported women’s and girls’ centre in a Rohingya camp in Myanmar, shares how their educational sessions on health & human rights are helping uplift girls in their community.

Girls attend a football programme run by UNFPA and the Special Olympics in Azerbaijan. The programme brings together girls living with disabilities and those without, to play sports and learn about their rights.
UNFPA

Girls living with disabilities often have fewer opportunities to engage with the broader world than boys. In April, UNFPA began working with the Special Olympics to create opportunities for adolescent girls to play and learn. The project will provide sports activities for both girls with disabilities and those without. The participants will also learn about their reproductive health and their human rights. 

Condoms will just disappear from our homes and we will know they are being used,” said 'Maneo Ramabanta, in Lesotho, where HIV prevention efforts must reach vulnerable adolescents.
UNFPA

The number of AIDS-related deaths has fallen to its lowest point this century thanks to improved access to antiretroviral treatment, according to a newly released report. Yet prevention efforts are leaving the most vulnerable behind. UNFPA is working with governments and partners around the world to improve access to prevention measures, particularly for adolescents, women and key populations. 

UNFPA

Fifty years ago, world leaders recognized family planning as a human right. Yet safe and reliable forms of contraception remain out of reach for hundreds of millions of people.

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