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“I was given in Swara when I was 14 years old. The man I was given to has married another woman. He has sold my daughters and would beat me regularly for resisting prostitution.” (Project beneficiary) Swara, is traditionally practiced ...
Dr. Amr Elayat is Executive Director of the Egyptian Family Planning Association . He has been a strong supporter of IPPF's Sexual Rights Declaration and has sought to have it adopted and implemented at the national level, challenging cultural constraints ...
"I feel healthy, rather than diseased." One peer educator involved in the project was Huang. As a Muslim, he felt very isolated. "I met my first partner when I was 16. We were together for three years. His father was ...
To hundreds of thousands of Colombian television viewers, Diana Angel is Gabriela, a high school student in a low-income neighbourhood in Bogota, star of the daily soap Francisco el Matemitico (Francisco the Mathematician). Off-screen, she is a passionate campaigner for ...
"My children are healthier, happier and freer... I feel happier too." Charity*, a mother of 4 and a guardian to 3 children whose parents died of AIDS-related illnesses, is one of the many beneficiaries. Her 14-year old daughter, living with ...
"It feels like I have got a second life and I don’t want to lose it, not at any cost." Shameem* was one woman that Rahnuma-FPAP staff members reached while working in the area. Shameem relies on her income from ...
Twice a week, some 8,000 young male and female vendors descend on Mitundu Market, 38km from Malawi’s capital city, Lilongwe. Some female vendors offer sex in exchange for lower prices, free transport and accommodation. Many young men spend small profits ...
In conjunction with contractors, the Japan Trust Fund (JTF) ensured that the safety and security of construction workers building the 2nd Thailand Laos Friendship Bridge became a 24-hour concern. On the Mekong river they say: “helmet for every site, condom ...
Against a backdrop of insecurity, poverty and marginalization, people with few opportunities sometimes feel that drugs are the best option. People who use drugs are frequently stigmatized by society, harassed by police, rejected by their families and denied medical care ...
The Rwandan genocide of 1994 is well documented. During what has been described as “one of the most intensive killing campaigns in human history”, over 2 million people fled the country to neighbouring states. As they began to return home, ...