The First Ladies observed that if the youth shun pre-marital sex and married partners are faithful to each other, Africa will get a generation of children free of AIDS.

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In 2003 when the Narc government came to power, they promised to introduce the issuance of free sanitary towels in schools. On May 24, 2011 the Prime Minister Raila Odinga revived the promise when he said the Ministry of Education should liaise with that of Public Health to provide the sanitary towels in all public schools from the next financial year.

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Thursday, 02 June 2011 14:09

KENYA: Legislation failing to curb FGM/C

 

At her grandmother's home in the western Kenyan village of Nyamataro, 14-year-old Ruth* lies on a mat surrounded by visitors, all congratulating her on becoming a woman; the previous week, Ruth was one of 10 girls to undergo female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C).

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Globally, some 39 million girls of lower secondary age are currently not enrolled in either primary or secondary education, while two thirds of the world’s 796 million illiterate adults are women. Only about one third of countries have achieved gender parity at secondary level.

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"Josephine" is 12 years old and several months pregnant.

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The United Nations envoy leading the world’s body efforts to eliminate sexual violence during conflict has welcomed the release of a new study on sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) that indicates the prevalence of the crime is much worse than previously reported.

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Women and youth have the capacity to spur economic growth and reduce poverty in the world’s least development country if given access to education, employment and health, including family planning services, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) says in a report unveiled today.

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Greater efforts to support girls and young women to acquire skills in information and communications technologies (ICTs) could help address projected shortages of manpower in those professions, the United Nations telecommunications agency said today, marking the first “Girls in ICT Day.”

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After Cath Holland witnessed the effects of the operation she set out to persuade an entire Kenyan province to renounce it.

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On Apr. 5, the United Nations Children's Fund will launch a report on teenage pregnancy in Sierra Leone.

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