Onize Ohikere

Onize is WORLD's Africa reporter. She is a World Journalism Institute graduate and earned a journalism degree from Minnesota State University-Moorhead. Onize resides in Abuja, Nigeria. Follow her on Twitter @onize_ohiks.

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Nigerian lawmakers reject bill criminalizing violence against women

Nigeria
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 3/17/16, 02:43 pm

The Nigerian Senate on Tuesday rejected a bill to end discrimination against women on grounds of religion and tradition—for the third time. The Senate’s vote against the bill, which proposed women’s rights common in most Western nations, generated backlash from many Nigerians, who view it as a constitutional violation.

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Suicide bombers kill 24 in northeast Nigerian mosque attack

Nigeria
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 3/16/16, 03:25 pm

Two female suicide bombers killed at least 24 people and injured 23 in an attack on a mosque on the outskirts of Maiduguri, Nigeria, early this morning.

Abba Aji, coordinator for the civilian self-defense vigilante group, said one bomber exploded her device inside the mosque in the town of Umarari as worshippers said their morning prayers. The second bomber waited outside and detonated as people tried to escape. Rescuers discovered the bodies of the bombers and other injured people as they dug through the debris.

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Ethiopia ordered to pay reparations to child rape victim

Ethiopia
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 3/15/16, 03:15 pm

The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights in Gambia has ordered the Ethiopian government to pay  $150,000 in compensation to a rape victim and child bride 15 years after the government failed to protect her.

In 2001, 13-year-old Woineshet Zebene Negash was abducted twice, raped, and forced to marry her abductor, Aberew Jemma Negussie. An Ethiopian court initially penalized the attackers but released them on the grounds that Negash consented to sex by marriage.

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