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Globally, we are undercounting how many single mothers there are - and it is hugely problematic

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development emphasizes the principle of 'leaving no one behind'. But by not counting lone mothers in official data, they are being left behind.

Globally, we are undercounting how many single mothers there are - and it is hugely problematic
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Originally was written by Antra Bhatt and originally published by the UN Women on February 11, 2020.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development emphasizes the principle of 'leaving no one behind'. But by not counting lone mothers in official data, they are being left behind. In Nigeria, 27-year-old widow and single mother of four, Bage Jidda, watched her husband get slaughtered, then spent three years as a hostage of Boko Haram before being rescued and moved to a refugee camp.

Despite her trauma, through a UN Women-supported programme, she learned tailoring skills and became economically independent. She now rents a small home, but her situation remains precarious, as she has no savings or access to social protection.

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