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Demonstrations around the world were held last week to mark the 100th day of captivity for more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls by the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram.Campaigners from groups fighting child marriage, child trafficking and child labor, and from groups demanding children's right to attend school, free of intimidation, have united recently to show the strength of global opinion in favor of universal education and a world free of child slavery.In Nigeria alone, 6 million girls do not attend school; around the world, 10 million girls each year become child brides, and 7 million school-age girls are full-time workers.Iraqi legislators are considering reducing the age for child marriage to nine.India has passed up another chance to outlaw child labor.Slowly but surely, local embryonic civil-rights movements are linking up with global leaders – Girls Not Brides, Walk Free, and A World at School – as part of an emergency coalition to eliminate child labor, child marriage and educational discrimination against girls.
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