girls banned from school and final exam for being pregnant

After 9 months of school closures due to the Ebola epidemic, thousands of students returned to school in Sierra Leone on April 14, EXCEPT a group of unlucky ones that were barred. High school girls who are “visibly” pregnant were not allowed to come back to school, and it did notexclude the ones who were scheduled to take their college qualifying exams on March 30, 2015.

Taking away the option of going back to school to young girls who are “visibly” pregnant, and disqualifying “visibly” pregnant girls from their exams is not just an attack on these girls and their communities, it should be seen as an attack on ALL women. On top of that, it’s a Human Rights violation.

Article 26. of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

(1) Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.

At this age and time, where the whole world is trying to reach gender parity, the actions of the Ministry of Education of Sierra Leone to ban pregnant girls from having a future is unacceptable. 

If you have ever been pregnant, what would you have done if the option to educate and better yourself was taken away? Where would you be right now? Could you have gone to the college of your choice? Could you have had the career of your dreams?

If you are not going to accept these actions of the government

  • Sign this petition and let the Sierra Leone government and the whole world know that we will not accept this type of attack on our sisters. 
  • Share this petition on the social media/s of your choice (Facebook, Twitter, etc)

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