HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH: Protecting the Rights of Pregnant school girls in Tanzania

In 2017, Tanzania’s late president instituted a discriminatory ban that pushed pregnant teens out of school and denied young mothers the right to return. Since then, HRW mobilized international opposition by reporting on the devastating impact of compulsory pregnancy testing by school officials. November of 2021, Tanzania’s government announced that it was removing the ban and allowing girls who are mothers to continue with their studies. I’m pleased to tell you that your support helped Elin Martinez, senior children’s rights researcher, Agnes Odhiambo, senior women’s rights researcher, and Oryem Nyeko, Tanzania researcher, work with Tanzanian and regional partners to jointly press the government and its international funders to take this major step in protecting the rights of all Tanzanian girls.

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