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Coronavirus Puts 4 Million Girls At Risk Of Child Marriage

Coronavirus Puts 4 Million Girls At Risk Of Child Marriage

Four million girls are at risk of child marriage in the next two years because of the new coronavirus pandemic, a global charity said on Friday, as campaigners warned that the crisis could undo decades of work to end the practice. Deepening poverty caused by the loss of livelihoods is likely to drive many families […]

Hundreds Of Child Weddings Thwarted In Ethiopia As Coronavirus Locks Girls Out Of Schools

Hundreds Of Child Weddings Thwarted In Ethiopia As Coronavirus Locks Girls Out Of Schools

More than 500 girls have been rescued from child marriage in northern Ethiopia since schools were shut due to the new coronavirus, a regional official said, as fears mount that the pandemic is reversing years of work to stop underage unions. Ethiopia closed its schools in mid-March, sending 26 million children home, where girls face […]

Pushing For Girl Education Among The Maasai Tribe Of Tanzania

Pushing For Girl Education Among The Maasai Tribe Of Tanzania

LIKE other Tanzanian tribes, which used to deny girl children the right to education, the Maasai in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority (NCAA), were also on the list. Girls were mostly assigned to look for cattle, on top of other home chores. Parents advanced such reasons as long distances from homes to schools as the […]

How Girls’ Education And Safety Will Be Harmed By The COVID Response In Africa

How Girls’ Education And Safety Will Be Harmed By The COVID Response In Africa

Abigail*, a young woman who lives in Zimbabwe’s capital Harare became pregnant by a much older married man when she was 14. She had left school because her mother couldn’t afford to pay for her fees, books and other school supplies. Her mother was also struggling to buy food and other basics for the family. […]

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 […]

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