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11 July 2021
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How COVID-19 has increased fertility, adolescent pregnancy and maternal deaths in East and Southern African countries

LUANDA, Angola, MBABANE, Eswatini, PRETORIA, South Africa and LUSAKA, Zambia—“Young people are able to access [sexual and reproductive health] services but not as much as they used to before the... Read more

7 June 2021
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Strengthening uptake of Life Skills Education is step in the right direction towards eliminating early and unintended pregnancies among adolescents

“It’s a great opportunity for adolescents as it enables them to prevent some of the challenges they face such as unintended pregnancies,” stated Hlobsile Makhubu commenting on the importance of... Read more

28 May 2021
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TAX-FREE SANITARY TOWELS: A Potential Game Changer in Improving Menstrual Hygiene for All

“The curiosity of not knowing if the other children noticed the tiny brownish stains on my tunic troubled me, but I convinced myself that they’d have laughed if they had seen them,” pondered... Read more

11 May 2021
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Menstruation and human rights - Frequently asked questions

How is menstruation related to human rights? When does menstruation start? What are common myths and taboos about menstruation? What is period poverty? These and many more questions are answered in... Read more

5 May 2021
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Global shortage of 900,000 midwives threatens women’s lives and health, new report shows

ERBIL, Iraq/UNITED NATIONS, New York – “A 35-year-old pregnant woman came to our clinic with abdominal pain,” recalled Hawrin Yousif, a 27-year-old midwife in the Khazir displacement camp in the... Read more

5 May 2021
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Investing in midwives key to realizing the goal on ending preventable maternal deaths in the decade of accelerated action

“In the presence of a midwife, who is well equipped and knowledgeable, the threats to women and new born babies are minimal,” stated Nomqhele Msibi, a final year midwifery student commenting on why... Read more

23 April 2021
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Prioritizing the most vulnerable and further behind groups is key to realizing bodily autonomy

The Eswatini Demographic Survey shows that about 51% women in Eswatini lack the power to make their own decisions on sexual reproductive health matters such as having sex with partner, using a... Read more

14 April 2021
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Nearly half of all women are denied their bodily autonomy, says new UNFPA report, My Body is My Own

Violations include rape, forced sterilization, virginity testing, female genital mutilation and more NEW YORK, 14 April 2021 - Nearly half of women in 57 developing countries are denied the right to... Read more

14 April 2021
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Bodily autonomy: Busting 7 myths that undermine individual rights and freedoms

UNITED NATIONS, New York – Nearly half of all women are denied their bodily autonomy, according to data from 57 countries, UNFPA’s flagship report announced today. The 2021 State of World Population... Read more

29 March 2021
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It’s literally from rags to riches for young Mantfombi as fabric recycling gave her startup capital for a flourishing business

“Like many other young people in my area, I could not find a job after graduating. I could not even start a business as I had no startup capital,” stated 25-year-old Mantfombi Dlamini narrating how... Read more

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