Stories from Afghanistan – Babuna

“I AM WORRIED ABOUT THE VILLAGE GIRLS AND MYSELF. WE ASK YOU TO HELP US.” My name is Babuna. I was a teacher in the Panjwai …

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Stories from Afghanistan – Mobina

“Despite all the unfairness, oppression, injustice and difficulties, I keep going on. I want to be a changemaker.” I am student in the Education Department at Jawzjan University, …

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In a municipality in Timor-Leste, a father is taking action to prevent violence

Bento Pereira is a farmer in a rural community located south-west of Timor-Leste’s capital Dili. Together with his four sons, daughter and wife, they have …

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Stepping up for women and girls during the flood crisis in Pakistan

To ensure that women and girls receive the support they need in times of crisis, Fouzia Yasmin, Senior Manager at Pakistani mental health organisation Rozan …

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Pushing forward: Protesting women’s rights abuses in Iran

Mana Shooshtari is an Iranian American feminist activist and organiser whose work—spanning issues like immigration reform, gun violence prevention and sexual and reproductive health and …

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In the words of Salma*: “We, as women and girls, deserve better.”

Trigger warning: The following includes descriptions of gender-based violence. Salma*, 26, a Lebanese mother of 3 girls, was 13 years old when she eloped with …

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Displaced Yet Resilient: Hardship and Joy in an Afghan Refugee Camp in Peshawar

Marjan*, a 27-year-old Afghan single mother, goes to young bride’s houses in the Afghan refugee community in the Khazana Camp in Peshawar, Pakistan, to help …

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For more livable communities, more women leaders are needed in waste management in Sri Lanka

Authors: Marlon Ariyasinghe, Boost Metrics* Illustrations: UN Women Sri Lanka/Boost Metrics Colombo, Sri Lanka — Improving waste management starts at home, but its benefits go well …

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No peace without women: Afghan activists on why women’s representation matters

The Taliban takeover of Kabul on 15 August 2021 erased years of hard-won progress towards national peace and security. In the year since, the regime …

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How Syrian women navigate security risks to mediate local conflicts

For over a decade, Syria’s protracted conflict has taken countless lives, displaced millions in and outside the country and left much of its infrastructure in …

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Hidden mobile app gives women in Serbia a safer alternative for reporting violence

Women experiencing domestic violence often have their access to communication channels restricted by their abusers. Abusers may also regularly control or monitor their communication with …

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Climate-smart agricultural practices deliver life-changing benefits for women farmers in Tanzania

Mariam Ntungu, a woman farmer from Singida’s Ikungi district in central Tanzania, spent decades cultivating the small piece of land behind her home and had …

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Leaving no girl behind in education

We know from decades of research that when girls and women are educated, we see faster poverty reduction, better maternal health, lower child mortality, greater …

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Ukraine and the food and fuel crisis: 4 things to know

The war in Ukraine is now in its seventh month. The fallout—humanitarian, economic and environmental—continues to grow. Its costs are being felt not only within …

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Ensuring “no one is left behind” in Pakistan’s flood response

The current monsoon has been unkind to Kavita,* a minority Hindu in south-eastern Pakistan. Her district of Khairpur is one of the most impoverished in …

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Young mother embarks on new IT career after fleeing war in Ukraine

“When the war started, a missile destroyed our house,” says Nina Cherlenuk, 25, from Irpin, a city 25 km west of the capital, Kyiv, in …

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