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Arrest Parents Of Pregnant Schoolgirls

Arrest Parents Of Pregnant Schoolgirls

 Bunda District Commissioner Lydia Bupilipili has ordered the police to arrest all parents whose school-going daughters got pregnant and chose to end the matter “amicably” with the suspected defilers instead suing them. Speaking during a training organised for primary school teachers by Ministry of Education and Vocational training on Saturday here, Ms Bupilipili said that […]

School Asks Pupils To Sign Non-Pregnancy Commitment Form

School Asks Pupils To Sign Non-Pregnancy Commitment Form

The department of education in Mpumalanga will be sending a support team to a school in the province where pupils have been asked to sign a document committing them to not falling pregnant. The document, drafted by the DM Motsaosele Secondary School, asks pupils to put their names on an agreement to “commit that I […]

Liberia’s Teenagers Cautioned Against Teenage Pregnancy

Liberia’s Teenagers Cautioned Against Teenage Pregnancy

Reflecting on the topic ‘Teenage Pregnancy and Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD)’, registered mid-wife Oretha Slocum thrilled her audience when she outlined factors responsible for teenage pregnancy in the country. She spoke on Sunday February 26, 2017 at a one day seminar organized by the Switzerland based NGO, Browier Trust Foundation, at the Immanuel Church School […]

Tanzania: Same Council Moves To Curb School Pregnancies

Tanzania: Same Council Moves To Curb School Pregnancies

 Same District Council has reported that 63 secondary school students have been found pregnant between January and October this year. District Education Officer responsible for secondary schools, Happiness Laiser, revealed this in a report she presented to the Council Chamber for deliberation. She attributed the high number of pregnancies to long distances girl students walk […]

Burundi: Alarming Figures Of Pregnancies In Schools

Burundi: Alarming Figures Of Pregnancies In Schools

The number of pregnant girls in schools increases year after year. According to a survey conducted by the ministry of public health last year, the figures rose from 877 in 2009 to 2424 in 2015. “The number of pregnant girls in schools continues to increase. Today, the provisional number is already superior to the last […]

Uganda: 15-Year-Old Girl Delivers During PLE

Uganda: 15-Year-Old Girl Delivers During PLE

Drama ensued at Ongerei Primary School when a 15-year-old girl developed labour pains in class while sitting for her final Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE), prompting the school administration and invigilators to take her to a health unit. The incident happened at about 10am while the minor was sitting for the mathematics paper. She was rushed […]

Tanzania: Correct Information On Sexual, Reproductive Health Crucial

Tanzania: Correct Information On Sexual, Reproductive Health Crucial

The National Convening on Sexual Reproductive Health Rights was organised by TAWLA on October 13, 2016 to provide a platform for open discussion of the sensitive subject of unsafe abortion in Tanzania. More than 120 people participated, including MPs, government officials from Ministry of Constitutional and Legal Affairs, Ministry of Health, and local government, judges, […]

The Story Of South-Sudan’s Women Refugees

The Story Of South-Sudan’s Women Refugees

Maziku arrived at Uganda’s Nyumanzi Transit Centre in June this year six months pregnant and with only the dress she was wearing. “I wish I had managed to carry clothes. At least I would use those to cover my child,” said the 18-year-old. Like many other expectant mothers who fled South Sudan’s violence, she had […]

Telling Women to Avoid Pregnancy is Not a Solution For HIV and The Zika Virus

Telling Women to Avoid Pregnancy is Not a Solution For HIV and The Zika Virus

It is widely recognised that, if the transformations outlined in the sustainable development goals (SDGs) are to be achieved, respecting, protecting and fulfilling the human rights of women and girls – including their sexual and reproductive rights – will be essential. However, there is a significant barrier to this that frequently goes unmentioned: the role […]

Obstetric Fistula: ‘I Had Bled The Whole Night When The Doctor Saw Me – The Baby Had Died’

Obstetric Fistula: ‘I Had Bled The Whole Night When The Doctor Saw Me – The Baby Had Died’

    Sarah Omega was orphaned at the age of 11. With eight siblings and no money, she was forced to drop out of school in her small, Kenyan village after finishing her primary education. She later joined her elder sister who was working in the city of Eldoret. “When I was 19, I was […]

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