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6/12/2015 - New Nigerian Law Forbids Bans Genital Mutilation
Last month outgoing Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan signed a law formally banning female genital mutilation (FGM)....

6/8/2015 - Organizations Urge the President to Reinterpret Helms Amendment and Aid Nigerian Refugees
Catholics for Choice in partnership with the Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE) launched a campaign last week in response to more than 200 girls raped and impregnated by Boko Haram members, urging President Obama to reinterpret the Helms Amendment to include abortion care. Over 400 women and children who were kidnapped by Boko Haram were returned earlier this year, many of whom are pregnant as the result of rape....

4/30/2015 - 400 Women and Children Have Been Rescued From Boko Haram in Nigeria
In two different operations in under a week, Nigerian troops have rescued more than 400 women and children who had been kidnapped by Boko Haram. On Tuesday, Nigerian troops announced they rescued 200 girls and 93 women from Boko Haram - and today news has come out that troops rescued another 160 women and children. While the news is promising and shows progress made in Nigeria to combat Boko Haram, the girls rescued were not the Chibok girls who inspired the #BringBackOurGirls movement last year....

7/18/2014 - Nigeria Secures $15 Million Grant from Norway to Reduce Maternal Mortality
Norway has provided a $15 million grant to the Nigerian government to help the country reduce maternal and child mortality....

7/14/2014 - Study Shows High Rates of Child Marriage and Maternal Death Across Nigeria
The Nigerian Demographic Health Survey of 2013 (NDHS) revealed persistently high child marriage rates and a need for increased family planning resources in Nigeria. Nigeria accounts for 13 percent of global maternal death rates, with 36,000 women dying in pregnancy or child birth each year....

6/2/2014 - African Union Launches First Campaign to End Child Marriage
The African Union launched its first campaign to curb child marriage in Africa last week, in cooperation with African governments, UNICEF, the UK Department for International Development, and several civil society organizations. "What we are seeing today is an Africa-wide movement of leaders and organizations collectively saying 'No to Child Marriage,'" said Martin Mogwanja, Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF....

5/27/2014 - Nigerian Army Has Located Girls Abducted by Boko Haram
The Nigerian army announced yesterday that it has determined the location of the 200 girls abducted by extremist group Boko Haram more than one month ago, noting that they are still in the country....

5/23/2014 - Obama Sends US Military Personnel to Help Find Abducted Nigerian Girls
The White House announced this week that it has deployed 80 US military personnel to Chad to help find the over 200 Nigerian girls abducted in April by militant group Boko Haram. "These personnel will support the operation of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance aircraft for missions over northern Nigeria and the surrounding area," he wrote in a letter to the House and Senate leaders....

5/13/2014 - Boko Haram Proposes Swap of Kidnapped Girls for Prisoners
Boko Haram, the terrorist group that kidnapped over 200 teenage girls from their school in Northeast Nigeria one month ago, released a video yesterday on YouTube offering to free the girls in return for the release of imprisoned group members. Around 100 girls are shown in the video praying and wearing full grey veils....

5/7/2014 - US Will Help Nigeria Find Kidnapped Girls
President Barack Obama announced yesterday that the US will assist Nigeria in finding the over 200 teenage girls who were abducted by terrorist group Boko Haram three weeks ago. "We've already sent in a team to Nigeria - they've accepted our help through a combination of military, law enforcement, and other agencies who are going in, trying to identify where in fact these girls might be and provide them help," Obama said Tuesday....

5/6/2014 - Boko Haram Kidnaps Eight More Girls in Nigeria
Less than one month after kidnapping over 200 girls from Chibok, terrorist group Boko Haram reportedly kidnapped eight more girls, ages 12 to 15, from Warabe, another village in northeast Nigeria. The girls were taken from their homes on Sunday night, loaded onto trucks by gunpoint....

5/5/2014 - Boko Haram Leader Admits to Mass Kidnapping in Nigeria, Declares Intent to Sell Girls
The alleged leader of militant insurgency group Boko Haram admitted in a new video obtained by Agence France-Presse to kidnapping over 200 Nigerian girls on April 14 - and also declared his intentions to sell them "on the market." "I abducted your girls," Abubakar Shekau is quoted by CNN's translators as declaring in the 57-minute video....

5/2/2014 - Nigerians Demand More Rescue Efforts for 200 Kidnapped Girls
Nigerians are demanding that their government do more to bring home the roughly 200 girls who were kidnapped more than two weeks ago on April 14 by the militant insurgency group Boko Haram. Protesters took to the streets of Abuja and Lagos this week to criticize the Nigerian government's handling of the mass kidnapping....

2/21/2014 - Free Maternal and Childcare Center Commissioned in Nigeria
The government of Nigeria's Delta State commissioned a 100-bed maternal and childcare center at the Warri Central Hospital last week....

11/15/2013 - Report Shows Growing Global Commitment to Family Planning
A report released Wednesday by Family Planning 2020 (FP2020), "a global partnership that supports the rights of women and girls to decide, freely, and for themselves, whether, when, and how many children they want to have," details successes and progress made in international commitments to improving family planning since the 2012 London Summit on Family Planning....

5/21/2012 - UN Report Shows Decline in Maternal Deaths
A UN report (PDF) released last week shows that worldwide maternal deaths declined by 47 percent from 1990 to 2010....

11/30/2011 - Nigerian Senate Passes Bill Criminalizing Gay Marriage
Yesterday the Nigerian Senate passed a bill to prohibit same-sex marriage, as well as gay advocacy groups and public displays of same-sex affection....

10/25/2011 - International Family Planning Conference Scheduled, Population Nears 7 Billion
In anticipation of the world's population reaching 7 billion at the end of this month, approximately 2,000 policymakers and advocates will gather for the International Conference on Family Planning from November 29 to December 2 in Dakar, Senegal....

10/14/2011 - Nigerian Government Petitions for Increased Advocacy for Women's Rights
Recently, Education as Vaccine, a Nigerian organization, petitioned the Ministry of Women Affairs to adopt a more aggressive stance on women's rights issues in the country....

9/23/2011 - Nigerian Women Organize March against Rape
On Thursday, Nigerian women announced plans to march in protest of rape and sexual violence....

11/23/2010 - Dr. Osotimehin Appointed Executive Director of UNPFA
Late last week, Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon appointed Dr....

7/1/2010 - New Survey Finds Widespread Gender Inequity, Despite Support for Equality
A survey conducted by the Pew Research Center's Global Attitudes Project in association with the International Herald Tribune recently found that while global support for gender equality is high, gender inequalities still exist in many countries....

4/30/2010 - Investigation Launched into Nigerian Parliamentarian's Marriage to Underage Girl
A formal investigation into Nigerian Senator Ahmed Yerima's alleged marriage to an underage girl was launched yesterday by Nigeria's parliament....

7/30/2009 - Nigerian Forces Free 180 Women & Children Held by Sect
Security forces in Nigeria freed approximately 180 women and children who were held by the radical Boko Haram sect yesterday....

2/28/2008 - State Assembly Member in Nigeria Beats Female Opposition Party Leader into Coma
According to the BBC News, Hajiya Habiba Garba, a female All Nigerian People's Party chieftain was beaten into a coma by Labaran Abdu Maderi, a member of the opposing party in the Kano State Hose of Assembly....