Midwives play a critical role in South Sudan’s fight against maternal mortality. But for one midwife in Rumbek, their efforts cut even deeper. “My father has eight wives and 24 children,” said Peter Door, a father of one who decided to pursue a career in midwifery two years ago. For Peter, spreading awareness about – and providing access to – family planning is central to building a better future not only for women, but for their families and communities, too.
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Recent weeks have seen several high-profile cases of gender-based violence splashed across headlines. Millions of women around the world have demanded an end to these abuses - and, increasingly, people are calling for men to take action as well. In the remote villages of Imishli District, in Azerbaijan, men doing just that.
Sileshi Deguale was busy working alongside his family, preparing their land for planting season, but he paused to recall how difficult the work was last year. His wife had been too ill to help with the farming.
Kachin, Myanmar - Five years ago, armed conflict engulfed Nam San Yam Village in northern Myanmar, forcing Aung Htwe to flee for his life. Since then, he has lived in the Maina AG displacement camp, unable to return home. Yet even in this safe haven, he sees - and hears - violence all the time.
TIBILISI, Georgia - The camera zooms in, panning across a marble mantle covered with family photos of three young boys and their happy, smiling parents, then stops on what studies have shown is a statistically uncommon site in Georgia: A father - in this case Zviad Kvaratskhelia, best-selling author and publisher - sitting in his living room, spending the day alone with his kids - Nikoloz, age 5, Demetre, 3, and Alexandre, 1.