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UNICEF Commends Nigeria’s Women Empowerment Program

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) praised Nigeria’s efforts to improve conditions for women there. Georgiana Nngeri-Nwaga, the agency’s representative, commended the ban on female genital mutilation, inclusion of women in policy making, and increased enrollment of girls in school. Despite these advances, however, she noted that the practice of early marriages still exists as does domestic abuse and high mortality due to AIDS. Women are also still denied basic property inheritance rights in Nigeria, and the constant fighting between Muslim and Christian right wing forces remains an ominous threat to democracy, and particularly for the rights of women.

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Xinhua News Agency, 15 July 2000

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