The cut is banned but the cut goes on. A group of Maasai girls aged between eight and 16 years found shelter at the Tasaru Rescue Centre near Narok Town, all of them saved from attempts by their parents to force them out of school, to submit to circumcision and then be married off.

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Women in Kenya marked the 100th international day for women, on Tuesday, with calls to Members of Parliament to pass bills that would protect the rights and welfare of the girl child and women.

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The African Union today outlined its priorities for collaboration with UN Women- the UN entity for gender equality and the empowerment of women.

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This week The Namibian newspaper reported a story about an alleged gang-rape of a 14-year-old girl by nine boys.

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Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro today underscored the importance of education in raising the status of women in society and called for greater investment in measures to ensure gender equality, deploring the fact that two-thirds of illiterate adults across the world are female.

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The future of many girls in Malawi is in jeopardy. Poverty-stricken parents are marrying their daughters off at a tender age, robbing young girls of their right to education and exposing them to gender-based violence and HIV and AIDS in a country with one of the world's highest prevalence rates.

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Monday, 21 February 2011 11:01

MAURITANIA: Beauty's big problem

 

While force-feeding of young girls is waning in Mauritania, particularly in urban areas, many girls and women are voluntarily using high-tech and dangerous methods aimed at achieving the corpulent form long a status symbol in the country.

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Amina Abdullahi (not real name) is one of the hundreds of teenage-patients at the Vesico Virginal Fistula (VVF) Ward, Gambo Sawaba Hospital in Zaria, Kaduna state. Her parents married her off at the age of 13 to a man old enough to be her grandfather.

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African women, including Senegalese hip-hop star Sister Fa, are leading a successful campaign against the widespread practice of female circumcision

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Only when rape in armed conflict becomes a liability for armed groups rather than a tool in the struggle for power – a war crime that will bring inevitable punishment – will progress be made in eliminating the scourge, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.

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