21 March, 2018 - The majority of the Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by militants from the town of Dapchi last month have been returned, the government says.

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ABUJA, March 12 (Reuters) - Nigeria's presidency said on Monday it plans to negotiate for the release of 110 girls abducted from a school in the northeastern town of Dapchi last month, rather than use a military operation to free them by force.

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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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The African Union has taken several initiatives to demonstrate its commitment to eliminating injustices against women in Africa. The most recent has been a meeting ahead of the African Union (AU) summit scheduled for later this year to highlight the continent's commitment to gender equality.

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November 10 - Maputo - The United Nations Women is tackling rising incidents of child marriages blamed on the worst drought in Mozambique in years. More than 2 million people, especially in the southern and central regions, have been affected by the severe drought since 2015.

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"I stay because I don't have a choice. I'll put up with it until I can't take it anymore."

November 9 - Chad - Wearing a pastel-coloured dress embroidered with a tatty trim and speaking almost in a whisper, 17-year-old Chancelle looks like she should be in school.

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October 11 2017 - At least 20,000 girls around the world are married off illegally each day, with child marriage often deeply rooted in tradition despite being outlawed in a growing number of countries, according to new analysis released on Wednesday.

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A memorial service is under way in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, for nine students who died on September 2nd in a fire that broke out at their dormitory in Moi Girls High School.

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NEW YORK, 4 May 2015 - Boko Haram, fleeing to a new hideout, has abandoned hundreds of women and girls in the Sambisa forest where the high school girls from Chibok were initially taken over one year ago. It is not certain, however, that the freed girls and women were part of the 200 plus kidnapped victims of Boko Haram, officials say.

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NEW YORK, 7 March 2015 – To mark International Women’s Day and the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action on women’s empowerment, UNICEF presents a statistical snapshot of progress and trends for girls and women.

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