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Tanzanian Girls Trapped In Poverty Cycle: Human Rights


The girls in Tanzania are unable to come out of the poverty cycle amid poor literacy rate and strict statement of President John Magufuli to disallow them from returning back to schools if becomes pregnant at teens.

Right group has voiced together with criticisms to the president saying penalizing on the basis of gender is like curtailing the futures of the Tanzanian girls.

Addressing to a public rally last Thursday the president said girls who become pregnant should not be allowed to return back to school.

He mocked the young mothers by saying after calculating the girls would ask the teacher for a leave to breastfeed the crying baby.

Magufuli said, “If we were to allow the girls back to school, one day we would find all girls in Standard One going home to nurse their babies.”

Following the president’s statement the Home Affairs Minister Mwigulu Nchemba warned all the civil society organizations to avoid advocating for the education of teenage mothers or else they would be deregistered.

The ban on the studies of pregnant girls dates back to 1961 in the country and a report of Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) in 2013 reveals over 55,000 schoolgirls were expelled from schools in past one decade for being pregnant.