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First Person: Heartbroken but hopeful, under Taliban rule in Afghanistan

Zarina* is a young Afghan woman entrepreneur. Her drive for innovating, and passion for baking made her one of Afghanistan’s youngest entrepreneurs. Her business is still running, but her clients are scarce and her plans for expansion across the country had to be shut down.

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Some 215,000 women are currently pregnant in Sri Lanka and 145,000 will give birth in the next six months.
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Some 215,000 women are currently pregnant in Sri Lanka and 145,000 will give birth in the next six months.

Sri Lanka’s economic crisis pushes health system to brink of collapse

HealthSri Lanka is in the midst of the worst socio-economic crisis in its history, and the once robust health-care system is nearing collapse, with patients at risk from power shortages, a lack of medicines, and equipment shortages.

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Munni was married at age 14, but after her husband left when she became pregnant, the Bangladeshi girl was sold to a brothel by a man who offered to find her a job.
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Photo story: No country untouched by human trafficking

Every country in the world is affected by human trafficking, whether as a country of origin, transit, or destination for victims. The vast majority of those trafficking women and girls do so for purposes of sexual exploitation.

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Mahbouba Seraj, one of the world’s most prominent women’s rights activists, at a meeting  in Kabul with UN Women on implementing a women-centred response to the humanitarian crisis.
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First Person: ‘We are the hope, we are the power keeping Afghanistan together’

Women Mahbouba Sera, one of the world’s most prominent women’s rights activists, chose to stay in Afghanistan after the Taliban takeover in August 2021, to witness what was happening to her country, and to work for a society that benefits all of its people.

WFP loads its first vessel
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WFP: First Ukrainian humanitarian grain shipment leaves for Horn of Africa

Humanitarian Aid The first vessel transporting Ukrainian wheat grain to support humanitarian operations run by the World Food Programme (WFP) has left the port of Yuzhny, also known as Pivdennyi, the UN agency reported on Tuesday.