KOLLA TEMBEIN, Ethiopia – Not long ago, the sight of a 10-year-old bride was a common occurrence in Ethiopia’s Kolla Tembein District, said Daniel Hagos, the district’s chief administrator. But the community’s women and girls are mobilizing to change things – and they are seeing enormous success.

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LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Researchers are closer to understanding the “invisible” lives of millions of girls - why they flunk school or marry young - with the launch on Wednesday of a digital database tracking girls’ rights around the globe.

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This week, the United Nations is leading the world in commemorating the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, which is marked annually on February 6.

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January 10, 2018 - Dar es Salaam - The authorities in Tanzania will not charge five pregnant schoolgirls who had reportedly been arrested over the weekend on the orders of a local government administrator.

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January 08, 2018 - For the first time in its history, the self-declared republic of Somaliland has passed a law against rape.

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October 2017 - South Sudan has ratified the main African Charter's Protocol on Human Rights and the Rights of Women.

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26 June 2017 - When he took office in 2015, Tanzania's President John Magufuli was hailed as a president unafraid to roll-up his sleeves alongside citizens. His nickname, “The Bulldozer,” was meant as a compliment for his relentless work ethic. Magufuli has however come under attack for controversial and regressive remarks that girls would not be allowed back to school if they became pregnant and gave birth.

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DODOMA, April 28 2017 - Lawmakers yesterday tasked the government to explain when it will specifically revise the heavily criticized Law of Marriage Act of 1976 in order to protect young girls from being married off at a tender age.

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BLANTYRE, 25 April 2017 - Malawi President Peter Mutharika has signed a constitutional amendment raising the legal marriage age to 18. The amendment marks the final step in a years-long process in Malawi to outlaw child marriage. But rights campaigners say it is just a start, and the country must now enforce the ban.

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19 April 2017 - Government says is working on enacting a law that will criminalize child marriages in Zambia.

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