Rights groups want court to lift Tanzania’s ban on teen mothers’ education

Tanzania President John Pombe Magufuli. He is quoted as having said teen mothers and pregnant girls would not be re-admitted to school, terming it immoral.

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What you need to know:

  • Regional women rights advocates want the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights to lift Tanzania’s ban on learning and school re-entry of teen mothers and pregnant girls.
  • They argue that “preventing pregnant girls and adolescent mothers from attending public school denies them access to education and keeps many trapped in a cycle of poverty.” 
  • UNFPA data provides that one in four Tanzanian girls aged 15-19 is either pregnant or has given birth.

Regional women rights advocates want the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights to lift Tanzania’s ban on learning and school re-entry of teen mothers and pregnant girls.

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