Nigerian girls are being forced to work as prostitutes in Mali "slave camps," Nigerian officials say.

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In an effort to ensure that a law on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) exists in the country, The Gambia Committee on Traditional Practices (Gamcotrap) Thursday organised a day's consultation forum with National Assembly members (NAMs) to sensitise them as well as make FGM a law in country.

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The first head of the new United Nations super-agency on female empowerment today voiced hope that the body will be a “strong champion” of gender equality and hasten existing UN efforts to advance the cause of women and girls.

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In spite of strides made towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), large numbers of women and girls, especially those in rural areas, have been left behind and continue to live in exclusion and poverty, according to United Nations data unveiled today.

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Excluding women and girls from basic education, has remained a persistence injustice to their human rights says UNECSO. In this piece, Stella Eze reports that there is urgent call for more investment and commitment.

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The Chairman, Senate House Committee on Health, Senator Iyabo Obasanjo Bello, has attributed the partial spread of HIV/AIDS to female genital mutilation(FGM) especially when its done in group of girls.

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Authorities in Côte d'Ivoire and Nigeria should investigate and close down networks that traffic Nigerian women and girls to Côte d'Ivoire for forced prostitution, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch also called for collaboration among regional neighbors to improve border efforts to combat trafficking.

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Women with disabilities in northern Uganda experience ongoing discrimination and sexual and gender-based violence, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Many are unable to gain access to basic services, including health care and justice, and they have been largely ignored in post-conflict reconstruction efforts.

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An initiative to keep girls in school by supporting income-generating activities for their mothers is bearing fruit in Burkina Faso, where poverty and cultural values still deprive many girls of an education.

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Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Bello Adoke (SAN), yesterday said as irresponsible as Senator Ahmed Sani Yarima's marriage to an alleged 13-year-old Egyptian girl is, he cannot be prosecuted.

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