KIBAHA, 11 March 2016 – The Coast Regional Commissioner has warned parents who force young girls out of school to get married they face up to 15 years in jail. At a ceremony to mark the International Women's Day in Kibaha District, Mr Evarist Ndikilo decried high school dropouts in the region. Most of the students who do not complete studies are girls, he said, blaming parents for undermining the important role of education in empowering women.

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11 March 2016 - Primary school children are routinely subjected to verbal, physical and sexual abuse, according to a new report.

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March 3, 2016 - Yazew Tagela and Degu Eneyew are both Priests of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church and members of the UNICEF supported Community Conversation Group against Child Marriage in the Bandani Kebele (neighbourhood) of the Dangla Woreda (district) in Amhara, Ethiopia.

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27 February 2016 - Children in Rwanda may soon gain direct access to justice at a much lower age once an amendment to harmonise disparity in the different ages is passed.

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DAR ES SALAAM, 29 February 2016 – Tanzania Food and Nutrition Centre (TFNC) has said that a majority of health practitioners lack awareness on the importance and methods of breastfeeding.

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29 February 2016 – Government is set to introduce a Bill in Parliament that seeks to facilitate the speedy alignment of Marriage Laws and the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act to the Constitution, Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development Minister Nyasha Chikwinya has said. Addressing delegates to a symposium on child marriages on Friday, Minister Chikwinya said the landmark ruling invalidating child marriages was a major milestone in the campaign against the scourge in Zimbabwe.

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 24 February 2016 – African leaders, including ministers of health, finance, and other line ministries, have gathered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for the Ministerial Conference on Immunization in Africa – the first-ever ministerial-level convening with a singular focus on ensuring that people across the continent can get access to life-saving vaccines.

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Addis Ababa, 23 February 2016 - A new report issued today by the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean Region shows that despite considerable progress in expanding access to vaccines in Africa, one in five children on the continent still do not receive life-saving immunizations. Africa’s routine immunization coverage of 80% is the lowest of any region in the world.

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NEW YORK, 12 February 2016 - As we mark the International Day against the Use of Child Soldiers, tens of thousands of boys and girls are associated with armed forces and groups in conflicts in over 20 countries around the world.

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1 February 2016 - The African Union (AU) reiterated its commitment to stop illegal migration of African youth to developed nations alongside child marriages noting that they are a blot to the continent's image.

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