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MOROCCO: Child Marriage In Morocco’s Rural Areas
Friday, 17 April 2015

Source: MoroccoWorldNews
Child marriage is a cultural tradition that still exists in Morocco and in many other developing countries in Latin America, Africa, South, East and West Asia.

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AFRICA: Battling Violence Against Women - From Africa's Top to Toe
Friday, 17 April 2015

Source: SAI
Combating gender-based violence was a key theme raised by African countries at the March 2015 session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva, Switzerland.

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TANZANIA: Attacks On Elderly Tanzania Women Spark Plan Against Witch Hunters
Friday, 17 April 2015

Source: Trust
A rising number of attacks on elderly women in Tanzania accused of witchcraft has prompted the launch of a campaign to protect older women in the impoverished east African nation.

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INTERNATIONAL: Eliminating Female Genital Mutilation By 2030
Friday, 17 April 2015

Source: Open Democracy
A poem by the Somali writer Dahabo Ali Muse expresses the pain caused by female genital mutilation (FGM), a practice endured by more than 140 million girls and women in the world:

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WEST AFRICA: Ebola Economics: As Liberia, Sierra Leone Bounce Back, Women And Youth Still Struggle
Thursday, 16 April 2015

Source:International Business Times
As the number of Ebola cases continues to shrink in West Africa, the affected countries are starting to get their already struggling economies back on track. The largest-ever Ebola outbreak, which killed more than 10,000 people in the region, had a major effect on those economies.

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AFRICA: Women in Politics II
Thursday, 16 April 2015

Source:Swazi Observer
Whatever the level and incidence amongst African women in pre-colonial societies of autonomy, power, or authority with an economic basis or a political presence, the colonial state and the capitalist penetration of kin based modes of production changed what was there. 

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INTERNATIONAL: Statement by the United States at the 48th UN Commission on Population and Development
Thursday, 16 April 2015

Source: Ein NewsDesk
Thank you, Madame Chair. I’d like to begin by expressing my delegation’s appreciation to the CPD 48 bureau, the UN Population Division, and UNFPA for their efforts to prepare us for this year’s Commission. The Secretary General’s reports clearly show the central role that population dynamics play in sustainable development and will certainly inform our deliberations this week as well as our ongoing discussions on the post-2015 development framework.

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AFRICA: Nigeria, South Sudan Fail Miserably in Protecting Women
Thursday, 16 April 2015

Source: RFI
Women bear the brunt of most conflict, says UN Special Representative for the Secretary-General on Women in Conflict Zainab Hawa Bangura, on the release of her report on sexual violence in conflict that looks at 19 countries, mainly in Africa.

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ZIMBABWE: 'Women Now Proudly Empowered'
Thursday, 16 April 2015

Source: The Herald
The importance of gender equality and empowerment of women was not given full recognition before independence, but through sustained lobbying from empowerment advocates, women are now active participants in the mainstream economy.

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INTERNATIONAL: Women’s Empowerment Key To End Sexual Violence In Combat
Thursday, 16 April 2015

Source: UN News
As the great moral issue of our time, sexual violence in conflict is used to terrorise, displace and subjugate victims, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on the issue told the Security Council today, urging the body to take action to deal with this growing threat.

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