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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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Building a well-trained, well-supported and competent midwifery workforce in Zanzibar

For some Zanzibaris, midwifery is not just an ordinary career. It is a call to serve and save other people’s lives. Zuwena Ali Salim was one such midwife who felt this from the beginning, when she... 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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Supporting nurse-midwives to realise their potential in Kigoma

Lusekelo Robert Mwakitalima, a nurse-midwife, starts another busy day at Mwanga Dispensary, in Kabanga Village, Kasulu Town Council, Kigoma Region. Outpatient and inpatient care, performing rapid... Read more

5 May 2021
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Trust the evidence: Invest in midwives

5 May 2021 Statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem on International Day of the Midwife Every day in every part of the world, midwives save the lives of women and babies and promote... Read more

5 May 2021
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Midwives save more than just lives

Agnes Ndunguru is a midwife in Tanzania.  She is also a holder of a Super Woman Award, presented to her by the then Vice President H.E. Samia Suluhu Hassan on International Women’s Day in 2019. She... 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

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

17 March 2021
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Giving girls in Tanzania a today and tomorrow

Glory* didn’t attend secondary school; she became pregnant at the age of 13 after completing her primary education. She says she felt worthless and her dreams for the future ‘flew away’. She wasn’t... Read more

9 March 2021
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Menstrual hygiene matters for the girls in Nyarugusu refugee camp, Kigoma Region

Managing menstruation is often challenging for adolescent girls in Tanzania – and around the world – but these challenges are exacerbated for the girls of Nyarugusu refugee camp where a lack of... Read more

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