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INTERNATIONAL: Gender, Violence and Religion - When North and South Agree
Friday, 13 February 2015

Source: The Economist
A couple of days ago, a senior African cleric was holding forth on the need to combine religious instruction with, in the broadest sense, sex education. Both at home and at school, declared Archbishop Henri Isingoma, boys must be taught about the higher purpose of sex as "the way God wanted to make the human race continue."

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NIGERIA: NHRC Chair Seeks Forensic Depts to Curb Gender Violence
Friday, 13 February 2015

Source: Daily Trust
Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Prof. Chidi Odinkalu has called on government to establish forensic services department in institutions of learning to provide the police with analytical service for investigating sexual offences and solving other crimes.

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TANZANIA: Hundreds of Tanzanian Girls Run Away From Home to Avoid FGM
Friday, 13 February 2015

Source: Reuters
In a remote, deeply traditional corner of northern Tanzania, growing numbers of girls are running away from home to escape genital mutilation carried out during mass initiations.

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NIGERIA: Governors’ Wives Role in National Development
Friday, 13 February 2015

Source: THISDAY Live
The maiden edition of the Most Valuable Governor's Wife Award 2014 [MVGWA] that was held at the Sheraton Hotel, Abuja has come to promote democracy as beneficiaries voted for the award winning governors' wives in their states and across the country.

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ZIMBABWE: Preaching What You Won't Practice
Thursday, 12 February 2015

Source: The Zimbabwean
During 2015, we shall take our continental programme of gender equality and women's empowerment to a higher level: by ensuring that women are at the table in conflict resolution and peace building by increasing the representation of women in public life; through the economic empowerment and financial inclusion of women; and by modernizing agriculture, and addressing women's access to land, technology, markets, infrastructure, and capital...

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SOUTH AFRICA: Learners to Join Fight Against Women, Child Abuse
Thursday, 12 February 2015

Source:allAfrica
Minister in the Presidency responsible for Women, Susan Shabangu, has asked learners and teachers at Glendale Secondary School to be counted in the fight to eradicate violence against women and children.

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TANZANIA: Tanzania Steps Up Efforts To End Child Marriage
Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Source: Global Post
Authorities in Tanzania and their development partners on Tuesday signed a new commitment aimed at intensifying efforts to end female genital mutilation (FGM) and child marriage in the country.

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NIGERIA: Group Sensitises Women on Active Political Participation
Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Source: Daily Independent 
Following the realisation that only a few young women between the ages of 18 to 35, participate actively in politics, a non-governmental group, Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre (WARDC) last weekend organised a training on leadership for adolescent girls and women to further build their capacity in meeting the yearnings and aspirations of the times. 

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KENYA: Masai Woman Rebels by Insisting on Being Equal
Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Source: LA Times 
Some men have threatened to place a black magic curse on her. One came to her door with a machete threatening to kill her. Others have advised her husband to beat her to instill discipline, offering to do the job themselves if he was too softhearted.

It's not easy being Peninnah Tombo, a female rights activist in a tribe where the words "female" and "rights" rarely coincide.

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TUNISIA: Caid Essebsi Receives Delegation of "Women and Leadership" Association
Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Source: allAfrica 
President Beji Caid Essebsi received, Tuesday, a delegation of the Tunisian Association "Women and Leadership" led by its Chairwoman Sana Ghenima.

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