26 April 2016 - Early and forced marriage in Burkina Faso is robbing thousands of girls as young as 13 of their childhood, while the cost of contraception and other barriers prevent them from choosing if and when to have children, Amnesty International said in a report published today.

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GENEVE / CONAKRY, 25 April 2016 - A new UN report released Monday says that, despite being forbidden by national and international law, female genital mutilation and/or excision shows no sign of abating in Guinea: 97 percent of women and girls aged 15 to 49 years in Guinea have undergone female genital mutilation and/or excision.

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21 March 2016 - The United States and British governments knew where at least 80 of the Chibok girls kidnapped by Boko Haram were but failed to launch a rescue mission, it has been revealed.

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NYAL, 16 February 2016 - Economic hardship and conflict fuel early and forced marriages for girls, a trend some hope to change through education.

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FREETOWN, 6 February 2016 – On the day of the 13th International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C), UNICEF, UNFPA and other development partners are calling on all stakeholders in Sierra Leone — from health workers, traditional initiators or soweiis, traditional and religious leaders, to policy makers and influencers  — to mobilize against this harmful practice.

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December 10 2015 - “On the way to N. I met a man standing alone in a tree plantation. He greeted me with a Swahili slogan “Mambo?” I answered “Poa”. He asked “Can you come with me so that I escort you to your home?” I agreed and we started to walk. Suddenly, he took out a knife and requested me to put off my clothes and lay down on the ground. I started to cry. He started to beat me with a stick, and forcing me to take my clothes off. He kicked me, I felt down and he started to rape me. He warned me not to tell it to anyone - he said that if I tell this to people he will kill me and chop my body into pieces. Then I got up and walked home. When I arrived at home, my aunt asked me why I delayed at the shop. I told her that the shop was closed. Although I had terrible pains, I didn’t say anything.” (Girl, then 10 years old in Primary School).

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27 November 2015 - The report “Invisible Survivors: Girls in Armed Groups in Democratic Republic of the Congo from 2009 to 2015”, published this week by the United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) on the recruitment of girls by armed groups in the country highlights the violence girls are confronted with as well as the difficulty of providing them with adequate assistance.

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DAKAR, 24 November 2015 - Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has banned female genital mutilation (FGM) with immediate effect, but campaigners said on Tuesday a law is needed to "save countless lives" in the West African nation where three-quarters of women have been cut.

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22 October 2015 - When Aberash was 14 years old, she was kidnapped for marriage. She was taken to a hut, locked up and assaulted by her would-be husband. She knew she had to fight back. When she received another visit from her abductor, she saw her chance. She grabbed the gun he had left leaning against the wall and ran out of the door. Chased by her husband and his friends, she shot him.

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September 26, 2015 – Kenyan teenager Jacinta knew she had no choice but to run away from home the second time a group of men tried to rape her in her coastal village.

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