Driven either by poverty or tradition, girls below the legal age of consent continue to wed in Morocco.

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In situations of chronic food shortage, parents are inclined to give boys a preferential treatment, despite the fact that the health of their daughters suffers more from food insecurity. This is shown by research from the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Ethiopia, appearing in the journal Pediatrics.

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The head of the new United Nations agency promoting women’s rights and full participation in global affairs laid out a 100-day action plan today, embracing a full spectrum of issues from supporting national partners to promoting coherence within the UN system.

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It’s 8pm in Mtwapa and nightlife is beginning to kick in. Young girls, who spend more than half their day sleeping and the other half doing themselves up are beginning to stream into the streets, looking for “eager” clients, preferably foreigners. Many are barely dressed and those who are have pasted themselves into skin-tight frocks and skirts that leave nothing much to the imagination. What fascinates me are the faces these girls wear – hardened, jaded, and reckless.

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The minimum legal age for marriage in Zambia is 18, and parental consent is required if a girl or boy is 16-17. Anyone under 16 is a minor, and defilement of a minor is a serious offence, punishable by imprisonment of up to 25 years.

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About 2,500 boys and girls have been circumcised in Kuria West and East districts since the beginning of the month.

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Hundreds of men in KwaZulu-Natal showed their support for the fight against the abuse of women and children by taking part in a men's march on Friday.

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The corporate sector must engage more closely in the fight against the global pandemic of violence against women and girls, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, stressing the importance role of business leaders in eliminating the scourge.

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Several independent United Nations experts today condemned the recent public execution of two teenage girls in central Somalia, voicing deep concern that groups such as the Islamic militant Al-Shabaab are taking the Horn of Africa nation "back into the stone age."

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Modern war is often not about soldier against soldier, but a struggle to "break the will of civilians — women, girls, men and boys" by whatever means possible - including rape - the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) State of the World Population 2010 report published on 20 October states.

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