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2/22/2008 - UN Launches Program to Decrease the Practice of FGM
The United Nations launched a program earlier this month to combat the prevalence of female genital mutilation (FGM)....

5/10/2007 - Women Primarily Contract HIV from Their Husbands, Study Finds
Worldwide, marital sex is the leading cause of HIV infection in women, according to a new study by researchers at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health....

2/27/2007 - Nigeria Considers Ban on Homosexuality
The Nigerian House of Representatives held public hearings last week on a bill that would criminalize all expressions and forms of homosexuality in Nigeria....

11/15/2006 - South Africa Close to Legalizing Gay Marriage
The South African National Assembly voted 230-41 on a bill to legalize same-sex marriage on Tuesday, making it the first country in Africa to do so....

8/14/2006 - Study Shows Promise for Curbing HIV in Women
The results of a study conducted by Family Health International revealed that taking the HIV treatment drug Viread before contracting HIV may help lower the rate of infection in high-risk women, though more testing is needed to provide conclusive results....

4/4/2006 - Advocacy Groups Call for Withdrawal of Legislation Criminalizing Homosexual Relationships
Sixteen international advocacy groups called on Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo to withdraw a bill that would criminalize homosexual relationships, saying the legislation is in violation of international law, and potentially harmful to anti-AIDS efforts....

11/8/2005 - Nigerian Lawyer Awarded Human Rights Prize
Hauwa Ibrahim, Nigerian lawyer and human rights activist, is one of three recipients of the European Parliament's distinguished 2005 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought....

10/4/2005 - UN Peacekeepers Suspended from Police Force after Sex Abuse Allegations
Eleven Nigerian police officers who were part of a United Nations (UN) peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have been suspended from the Nigerian police force in the course of investigations into the sexual abuse of Congolese women and girls....

8/25/2005 - Nigeria: Islamic Province Segregates Public Transportation by Sex
The state of Kano, in northern Nigeria, has banned women from most motorcycle taxis and has instituted segregated seating on public buses....

8/8/2005 - Malnutrition in Niger Reaches Crisis Proportions: Women, Children Hit Hardest
In the midst of a deepening food crisis, one in four children born in Niger dies before the age of five, with experts predicting even higher mortality rates in the next few months....

4/26/2005 - Nigerian President Approves First Female Supreme Court Judge
Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo has endorsed the appointment of the first female justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Aloma Mukhtar....

2/23/2005 - Nigerian Women Demand 30 Percent of Seats
Nigerian women's rights activists are advocating for a strengthening of the nations constitution by ensuring that 30 percent of all administrative, elective, and appointive positions of the government are reserved for women....

12/6/2004 - Ms. Magazine Honors "Women of the Year"
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11/12/2004 - Ruling to Stone Nigerian Woman to Death Overturned
A Nigerian Islamic Court has overturned the ruling of a lower court that sentenced a pregnant woman to death by stoning for committing adultery....

10/13/2004 - Two Women Sentenced To Death in Nigeria for Adultery
In a country where sharia (Islamic) law is spreading throughout the north and possibly outside of its borders, two Nigerian women have been sentenced to death by stoning for having sex out of wedlock....

9/28/2004 - Group Criticizes Islamic Law in Nigeria Citing Discriminatory Practices
Sharia (Islamic) courts in northern Nigeria impose discriminatory and harsh sentences and have failed to respect due process rights, according to a report just released by Human Rights Watch (HRW)....

8/30/2004 - Schoolgirls Forced to Undergo Female Genital Mutilation in Kenya
A new report shows that more than 100 schoolgirls were forced to undergo the harmful practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) in the West Pokot District of Kenya in August....

2/25/2004 - Female Genital Cutting (FGC): An Introduction
by Marianne Sarkis As you are reading this article, there are between eight and ten million women and girls in the Middle East and in Africa who are at risk of undergoing one form or another of genital cutting....

2/11/2004 - Nigeria: Women Receive Death Penalty for Abortion, Sexual Relations
A leading human rights organization released a report stating that the death penalty in Nigeria is often used in a discriminatory way against women....

9/25/2003 - Amina Lawal Wins Appeal Against Stoning
An Islamic appeals court overturned Amina Lawal's sentence of death by stoning for adultery....

8/28/2003 - Judgment in Lawal Case Due Sept. 25
A decision in the case involving Amina Lawal, a Nigerian woman sentenced to death by stoning for having a child out of wedlock, will be handed down on September 25....

8/21/2003 - Kenyan Widows Face Dangerous Tradition
A major national newspaper recently investigated a traditional requirement that widows in Kenya often face that is being blamed for helping spread HIV/AIDS....

7/29/2003 - Nigerian Women Stage Peaceful Protest
A group of 80 Nigerian village women, ranging from 25 to 60 years old, took over a Shell Oil pipeline station last week in a peaceful demonstration, reiterating calls for employment opportunities, infrastructural development, and microcredit lending programs from the multinational corporation....

6/12/2003 - Amina Lawal's Stoning Appeal Postponed Again
Amina Lawal, a Nigerian woman sentenced to death by stoning for having sex outside of wedlock, had her appeal postponed yet again until August 27....

5/12/2003 - Amina Lawal's Case Still Under Appeal
The case of Amina Lawal, a Nigerian woman sentenced to death by stoning by the Katsina State for adultery, will be heard again by Katsina state court on June 3....