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In-depth: More than 4.1 million girls and women are at risk of undergoing female genital mutilation in 2020.

As many stay at home to stay safe from coronavirus, girls are now at increased risk of harm amid a reported surge in FGM cases.

Sudan's fight against FGM has only just begun

Alessandra Bajec

Sudan's fight against FGM has only just begun

Sudan's decision to outlaw female genital mutilation is a small step on the long road to achieving gender equality.

Coronavirus Pandemic: Positive stories of resilience and bravery

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Coronavirus Pandemic: Positive stories of resilience and bravery

Top five stories highlighting the Middle East’s resilience in the face of coronavirus this week

Tunisia opens new women's shelter as lockdown violence surges

Alessandra Bajec

Tunisia opens new women's shelter as lockdown violence surges

Cases of domestic violence have increased five-fold since Tunisia implemented a full-scale lockdown to combat the coronavirus.

Ariane Lavrilleux

FGM: Why is Egypt still world's biggest offender?

Despite being made illegal, FGM is still commonplace, with most cutting operations performed by doctors who should know better.

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Global fashion icons flock to Turkey for women's convention

Supermodels Natalia Vodianova, Adwoa Aboah and Anja Rubik are among many arriving in Turkey this week for the "Let's Talk! 2018" convention on ...

Ebti Numari

American feminists should drop the 'global saviour' rhetoric

Comment: American women's activists should start by asking why the US has resisted ratifying global women's rights treaties and human rights ...

Marta Bellingreri

Iraqis struggle with social anxiety after Islamic State rule

Feature: War, death and destruction has left many unable to leave their homes after living in fear under Islamic State rule, writes Marta ...

How four Iraqi women's lives changed in 15 years

Marta Bellingreri

How four Iraqi women's lives changed in 15 years

Feature: Marta Bellingreri speaks to the documentary makers of 'Women out of Darkness,' telling the story of four women by intertwining their ...

Stefanie Glinski

Clandestine sex industry booms in Rohingya refugee camps

'At least 500 Rohingya prostitutes live in Kutupalong. Recruiters now have their eyes set on the newcomers'

Mosul's maternity ward reopens – without any US support

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Mosul's maternity ward reopens – without any US support

The United States State Department withdrew funding from the UN agency responsible for the renovations, due to its support for family planning.

World Refugee Day: Trump's aid withdrawal hurts mothers

Nourhan Nassar

World Refugee Day: Trump's aid withdrawal hurts mothers

Women in refugee camps around the world have been put at risk by the Trump administration's withdrawal of funding for the UN's maternal health ...

Birth control, contraception and abortion in Gaza

Hélène Servel

Birth control, contraception and abortion in Gaza

Comment: A combination of politics, religious and social norms, and a toxic economic situation are making it difficult for Gaza's women to ...

Women in 'dire need' of protection in post-apocalyptic Aleppo

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Women in 'dire need' of protection in post-apocalyptic Aleppo

The health, hygiene and protection needs of women in war-ravaged Aleppo are "staggering", says the UN, as aid trickles through to the city ...

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Cairo University launches 16-day campaign against on-campus sexual harassment

Cairo University has launched a new anti-sexual harassment campaign to promote safe spaces on campus in a country were most women have been sexual harassed at least once.

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#MosulOps: Trauma centres 'dramatically upgraded' to accommodate 40,000 patients

At the Battle for Mosul intensifies, the World Health Organisation has set up two trauma centres to receive civilians injured by crossfire or ...

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UN aid reaches Mosul after two-year absence

Aid convoys carrying provisions including water purification tablets, high energy biscuits, and hygiene items reached the Gogachly neighbourhood ...

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Egyptian university seeks to combat sexual harassment on campus

Egypt's Ain Shams University has launched a new special unit to fight sexual harassment, aiming to raise awareness, offer counselling, and ...

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