WOMEN: Nigeria abductions could deter parents from sending girls to school

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The recent abductions of girls in northern Nigeria by Boko Haram militants group could deter other parents from sending their daughters to school, a senior official for the UN's Children Fund told UN Radio.  Dr. Nicholas Alipui said the group's threat to sell or forcibly marry the girls is a "credible" threat that should not be taken lightly. UNICEF announced on Tuesday the kidnapping of eight more school girls in the northern Borno state, in addition to the 200 who were taken from the same area on 14 April.

Progress reported in reducing pregnancy-related deaths

There has been a 45 per cent reduction in the number of women who die during pregnancy and childbirth but still more still needs to be done.  That's according to the latest updates on maternal mortality released by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday.  Approximately 289,000 women died in 2013 due to complications in pregnancy and childbirth, down from 523,000 in 1990, says WHO.

Mobile devices can help promote literacy among women, girls: UNESCO

Mobile devices can help promote literacy among women and girls, according to a study by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).  The report entitled Reading in the Mobile Era, found that women and girls are doing a lot more reading on their cell phones compared to men. About 6 billion people in developing countries have access to a working mobile device of some sort.

Presenter: Jocelyne Sambira
Production Assistant:  Beng Poblete-Enriquez
Duration: 10'00"

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