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The Power to Say ‘No’: Mentors Help Young Ugandan Women Fight Early Marriage, Pregnancy

Region: Uganda

Topics: AutonomyHealthHuman RightsLegal RightsWomen's Rights

Forced marriages and unintended pregnancies remain a norm for many Ugandan young women. One effort to combat the problems draws on the experience of women who have been down that path, who serve as mentors to girls and young women.

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Meet the Women Fighting Forced Marriages in DRC

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: AutonomyEducationHuman RightsWomen's Rights

In DRC’s North Kivu province, forced marriages are often the unhappy result of unplanned pregnancies – even though the practice is illegal. But parents who force their daughters to marry these days will likely receive a visit from the staff of a women’s organization to talk them out of it.

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In Zambia, Forgoing Antenatal Care Brings Danger, Tragedy

Region: Zambia

Topics: AccessAutonomyHealthReproductive RightsWomen's Rights

In Zambia, 97% of pregnant women attend at least one antenatal checkup – but doctors recommend at least four. The difference, it turns out, could be a matter of life and death.

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Puerto Rico’s Lockdown Could Trap Abused Women, Advocates Warn

Region: Puerto Rico

Topics: AutonomyCoronavirusWomen's Rights

In Puerto Rico, where domestic violence rates soar, the coronavirus lockdown could exacerbate abuse, leaving some women trapped in their own homes.

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Despite Legal and Health Risks, DRC Women Choose Hospitals for Abortions

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: AccessAutonomyHealthReproductive RightsWomen's Rights

In DRC, abortion is severely restricted, but that hasn’t stopped women from seeking the procedure at public and private hospitals. These women risk prison time – but the consequences of inducing an abortion at home could be even worse.

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Tseltal Girls Shatter Stereotypes on the Football Field

Region: Mexico

Topics: CultureInnovationWomen's Rights

In northern Chiapas, Mexico, education is optional for girls – at least, that’s what some believe. One high school wants to battle these gender stereotypes and keep girls in class, but their solution isn’t inside the school at all.

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Infrastructure Challenges Impede Nepal’s Goal to Improve Health Care

Region: Nepal

Topics: AccessAutonomyDevelopmentHealthInfrastructureWomen's Rights

Women in rural areas can face 20-hour journeys on foot to give birth in a hospital. Nepal has ambitious plans to fight maternal mortality and bring facilities to underserved areas – but the reality looks much tougher.

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HIV-Positive Zambians Combat Domestic Abuse Tied to Diagnosis

Region: Zambia

Topics: AutonomyDiseaseHealthWomen's Rights

Women in Zambia risk violence and limitations to healthcare when telling their partners they’re HIV positive. A group of couples with the disease aims to make that practice stop.

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Women Are Elected, but Men Still Govern Many Indigenous Areas of Chiapas

Region: Mexico

Topics: ElectionsHuman RightsPoliticsPowerWomen's Rights

A gender parity quota for Mexican elections has resulted in many “fake positions” among municipalities in Chiapas that operate through indigenous self-determination. Constitutionally-elected women often serve only as figureheads for men elected by traditional customs.

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Expelled and Stigmatized, Uganda’s Pregnant Teens Turn to Abortion

Region: Uganda

Topics: AutonomyHealthReproductive RightsWomen's Rights

Pregnant teens in Uganda get kicked out of school, face intense stigma and may suffer life-threatening complications. Can a national sex education curriculum help put an end to teen pregnancy?

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