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Sierra Leone dragged to ECOWAS court over pregnant schoolgirls ban | Africanews - 9 months ago, 17 Maý 16:55

By: Abdur Rahman Alfa ...

The government of Sierra Leone has been dragged to a regional court over a 2015 ban on pregnant schoolgirls returning to the classroom after delivery.

United States-based Equality Now (EN), Gambia based Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa (IHRDA) and others filed the case before the Economic Community for West Africa States (ECOWAS) court in the Nigerian capital Abuja.

The case according to Equality Now, was seeking to lift the ban on pregnant school girls from attending school in Sierra Leone. The ban has been in place since 2015 with the reason that girls were thought to be a bad influence on their peers.

“EN & partners have engaged state & non-state actors to advocate for the lifting of this ban. Unfortunately, efforts have been fruitless & the violation of girls’ rights to education continues unabated, hence the need to litigate on the issue at the regional court,” EN ...
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