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Malawi Teenage Pregnancy Rates Rise Over School Closures

Malawi Teenage Pregnancy Rates Rise Over School Closures

Education authorities in Mangochi are baffled that 7, 274 teenage girls in the district have become pregnant since the school closures due to the coronavirus pandemic. According to the Youth Friendly Health Services Coordinator for the district Peter Malipa, the figure is higher by 1000 girls compared to girls who became pregnant similar period last […]

Teen Pregnancy Crisis – More Than COVID-19 Is To Blame

Teen Pregnancy Crisis – More Than COVID-19 Is To Blame

Kenyan media exploded with a disturbing story last month: “Close to 4,000 school girls impregnated in Kenya during COVID-19 lockdown”, read one headline. “Alarm as 3,964 girls impregnated in Machakos County in five months”, stated another. The articles all cited data from a recently released Kenya government health information survey and most attributed the high […]

ICPD Pledges To End Teen Pregnancy Crisis

ICPD Pledges To End Teen Pregnancy Crisis

The ‘shadow pandemic’ of teenage pregnancy following the lengthy closure of learning institutions due to Covid-19 can be blamed on young people being idle and engaging in sexual activity as a pastime and out of curiosity. The closure of schools and the ensuing lockdown means that, for the vulnerable adolescent girl, the free school meal […]

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 – […]

Teen Pregnancy Risk Rises As Schools Shut For Coronavirus

Teen Pregnancy Risk Rises As Schools Shut For Coronavirus

School closures due to coronavirus in West Africa risk exposing girls to sexual violence and unwanted pregnancy, experts said on Thursday, basing the warning on past experience with Ebola. Activists said countries should take preventative measures now, such as reinforcing sexual violence hotlines, making public announcements about the penalties for rape and using technology to […]

Teenage Pregnancies Holding Back Progress Of Rural Women

Teenage Pregnancies Holding Back Progress Of Rural Women

As Rwanda joined the rest of the world to mark the International Day of Rural Women, on Tuesday, civil society organisations pointed out that teenage pregnancy and mistreatment of teenage mothers were still threats to the development of rural women. At the celebrations held at Byeza Cell, Muhazi Sector in Rwamagana District, rights groups called […]

Outrage In Kenya Over Rise In Teenage Pregnancies

Outrage In Kenya Over Rise In Teenage Pregnancies

More than 11,000 girls in primary and secondary schools got pregnant last year, the latest statistics from the Ministry of Education show. The data shows that, out of the 11,950 girls who fell pregnant, 2,885 of them were in primary school while 9,065 were secondary school students. ALARMING Bungoma tops the list of counties with […]

Nghipondoka Anguishes Over Teenage Pregnancies

Nghipondoka Anguishes Over Teenage Pregnancies

 There is a need for more attention be given to disseminating information on school teenage pregnancies to curb the problem. This was said by Arts and Culture Deputy Minister, Ester Anna Nghipondoka, who attended the Tsandi circuit prize-giving and awards ceremony in Omusati Region. Nghipondoka says in 2014 alone more than 44 girls fell pregnant […]

Chadema Women’s Wing To Sue Government

Chadema Women’s Wing To Sue Government

Gender and human rights activists in collaboration with Chadema’s Women Wing (Bawacha) plan to file a case against the government on what they call the breach of the Constitution and regulations by some government leaders led by President John Magufuli. Speaking during a press conference in the city yesterday, Bavicha national chairperson Halima Mdee expressed […]

Tanzania Urged To Lift School Ban On Pregnant Pupils

Tanzania Urged To Lift School Ban On Pregnant Pupils

 Women’s group joined forces on Thursday against Tanzania’s ban on pregnant pupils in state schools, saying education was a girl’s best shot at success. In a joint statement, 29 nonprofit groups said that any move to deny girls the opportunity to go back to school after giving birth would only punish them, their children – […]

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