Each year, about 295 000 women die from preventable causes during pregnancy and childbirth, Sub- Saharan Africa alone accounted for roughly two- thirds (196 000) of maternal deaths. Women who are most at risk are living, or over the next 15 years will be living in fragile or humanitarian settings. Women and girls are often more greatly affected in both sudden and slow-onset emergencies and are at increased risk of sexually transmitted infections, including HIV, unintended pregnancy, maternal death and illness, and sexual and gender-based violence. Unequal gender norms, attitudes and practices play a large role in shaping the negative outcomes associated with maternal health and realizing reproductive rights. They limit women and girls from accessing contraception, family planning, and other essential reproductive health services. omen often face violence and discrimination and are unable to fully participate in society and seek out health services. Therefore, there is need for strategic and targeted responses to improve Sexual, Reproductive,

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