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Tanzania Lets Pregnant Girls Attend School With World Bank Project

Tanzania Lets Pregnant Girls Attend School With World Bank Project

Thousands of pregnant girls will attend school in Tanzania as part of a $500-million World Bank loan which had been delayed for years due to the country’s ban on expectant students. Tanzania’s education minister Joyce Ndalichako said the loan aimed to improve access to and the quality of secondary education for all Tanzanian students – […]

Social Norms Stop Ethiopian Girls From Making Safe Choices About Pregnancy

Social Norms Stop Ethiopian Girls From Making Safe Choices About Pregnancy

Despite progress in reducing the rate of adolescent pregnancy, more than 16 million adolescent girls globally become parents each year. According to the World Health Organisation, 90% of these young mothers live in the global South. Girls in countries with the highest adolescent fertility rates, many of which are in sub-Saharan Africa, are also the most likely to […]

‘Gender Inequality, Illiteracy Contributes to Vulnerability, Reduced Resilience’ – Fatou Kinteh

‘Gender Inequality, Illiteracy Contributes to Vulnerability, Reduced Resilience’ – Fatou Kinteh

Fatou Kinteh the Minister of Women, Children and Social Welfare has said 47.6% women are illiterate with inequalities at the labour markets and various sectors of society. She added that gender inequalities and illiteracy also, unfortunately, contribute to vulnerability, malnutrition and reduced resilience for women to address hunger, food security and malnutrition. She added globally […]

West African Court Ruling Upholds Pregnant Girls’ Right To Education

West African Court Ruling Upholds Pregnant Girls’ Right To Education

Girls in Sierra Leone have cause to celebrate. On December 12, the Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) ordered Sierra Leone to immediately revoke a 2015 policy that bans pregnant girls from studying in public schools. The court held that the policy is discriminatory and violates the right to education. The court also […]

Pregnant Students In Africa Need Your Support, Not Rejection

Pregnant Students In Africa Need Your Support, Not Rejection

In late 2018, Sierra Leone’s First Lady, Fatima Bio, opened a national campaign “Hands Off Our Girls.”   Her campaign made big promises to reduce child marriages and teenage pregnancies in the country, in part to tackle the spike in teenage pregnancies following widespread rape during the Ebola crisis. Reflecting on this campaign, President Julius Maada […]

Ugandan Girls Are Dropping Out Of School

Ugandan Girls Are Dropping Out Of School

It is a drizzling morning on the streets of Hoima town in mid-western Uganda. While driving from home to work, I meet a teenager at a junction of Hoima Main Street and Persy road. As school-going children rush to school, 13-year old Jane is walking in a drizzle carrying a basket containing yellow bananas. She […]

Ghana’s Ministry Of Education Urged To Consider Free Sanitary Pads For School Girls

Ghana’s Ministry Of Education Urged To Consider Free Sanitary Pads For School Girls

Activists and teachers in the Upper East Region have called on the Ministry of Education to consider in its budget, the provision of free sanitary pads for schoolgirls from very poor homes who could not afford to purchase the commodity during their menstrual periods. The stakeholders including teachers and students made the call at separate […]

There’s Inequality At Crisis Level In Nigeria – Oxfam

There’s Inequality At Crisis Level In Nigeria – Oxfam

The challenge of inequality is at crisis levels in Nigeria and other parts of West Africa, a new report by international development organisation, Oxfam, said on Tuesday. According to the Oxfam Commitment to Reducing Inequality (CRI) Index , governments in West Africa are the least committed to reducing inequality on the continent. The report noted that while […]

Schoolgirls Used As Human Shields In Congo Due To ‘Magical Powers’

Schoolgirls Used As Human Shields In Congo Due To ‘Magical Powers’

Schoolgirls in the Democratic Republic of Congo were raped, forced into marriage and used as human shields by militias who believed they had “magical powers” during violence over a year ago, an investigation by a group of charities said on Monday. The Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA) said its research into the […]

Girls’ Lives Shattered By Attacks On Schools In DRC

Girls’ Lives Shattered By Attacks On Schools In DRC

Girls suffered sexual violence and other abuses when armed groups attacked hundreds of schools during the 2016-2017 Kasai conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo, said the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA) in a report released today. The violence affected all children, but girls were particularly harmed, used as “magical” forces that […]

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