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    Senate seeks stiffer punishment for rapists

Senate seeks stiffer punishment for rapists

The senate has asked the relevant law enforcement agencies to administer stiffer punishment to sex offenders. The upper legislative chamber also called for the enforcement of laws that protect the girl child from abuse. The resolutions of the senate were sequel to a motion sponsored by Sandy Onuh, senator representing Cross River central. While moving a motion on the floor of the senate [...]

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    Group expresses concern over abuse of girls

Group expresses concern over abuse of girls

The West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP), a regional peacebuilding organisation, has expressed concern over the continuous abuse of girl child in the country. In a statement on Thursday, Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi, WANEP board chair, said the spate of conflicts across communities in the north is having negative impact on girls. She spoke in commemoration of the 2019 international day of the girl child [...]

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    Adedokun, filmmakers empower female students in Lagos

Adedokun, filmmakers empower female students in Lagos

Niran Adedokun, Nigerian author, and filmmakers in the Nollywood industry have celebrated the International Day of the Girl Child in Lagos on Friday. The United Nations dedicates October 11 of each year to celebrate of the girl child in order to promote human rights and address issues of gender inequality. Nigerian filmmakers who joined Adedokun in the celebration include Tope Oshin, [...]

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    A pan-African agenda for the girl-child

A pan-African agenda for the girl-child

BY EMEKA UMEJEI The plight of the girl-child is well-documented across the world. The possibility that a girl-child would face sexual and gender-based violence or married off before the age of eighteen is not isolated. The United Nations Children Education Fund (UNICEF) defines child marriage as a ‘fundamental violation of human rights’ which “compromises a girl’s development by resulting in early [...]

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    UNICEF: 50 percent of pupils in north drop out of school for marriage, child labour

UNICEF: 50 percent of pupils in north drop out of school for marriage, child labour

The United Nations Children Education Fund (UNICEF) says 50 percent of pupils in the north do not further their education. Azuka Menkiti, UNICEF education specialist, said this at a recent media dialogue organised by the organisation in collaboration with the ministry of information. The programme took place in Gusau, Zamfara state. Menkiti said findings from a new study conducted by the organisation also [...]

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    Buhari’s government has failed, says Bakare

Buhari’s government has failed, says Bakare

Tunde Bakare, serving overseer of the Latter Rain Assembly church, says the government of President Muhammadu Buhari has failed in terms of protecting Nigerians. Speaking at the 2nd annual Chibok girls lecture organised by the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) movement in Abuja, on Saturday, Bakare said the current administration and the previous one did not do enough to prevent Boko Haram [...]

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    Nigeria ‘contributes significantly’ to global girl education crisis

Nigeria ‘contributes significantly’ to global girl education crisis

Serah Mekka, ONE Campaign's Nigeria director, says the country contributes significantly to the global crisis of girl child education. "It is a global crisis that 130 million girls are not in school and Nigeria is unfortunately contributing a significant share to this," Mekka said. "Renewed efforts are urgently needed. Girls’ education spurs exponential positive effects on social and economic development for generations [...]

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    Making Nigerian girls count

Making Nigerian girls count

BY ‘SOLA FAGORUSI As we commemorate this year’s International Day of the Girl Child, it is difficult not to remember the night of 14th/15th April, 2014 in Chibok, a community in Borno State, North East Nigeria where 276 girls were kidnapped. It was an easy task for the Boko Haram religious extremists that executed this sordid task as the girls were [...]

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