Violence against women remains widespread across the world, exacerbated by traditions and customary practices that determine the way women are treated in families, places of work and communities, according to a United Nations report unveiled today.

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The African Union (AU) today launched the African Women’s Decade, with a top United Nations official calling on the continent’s leaders to seize the opportunity to eliminate a raft of ills, from exclusion from land tenure, credit and inheritance to violence and genital mutilation.

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Doris Chebet has never had a say in her life; married off at 14, she has always taken orders, first from her own family, and now from her husband's.

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

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Tuesday, 28 September 2010 10:51

GAMBIA: Gamcotrap Advocates for Law on FGM

 

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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