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ECOWAS Orders Sierra Leone to Allow Pregnant Girls to Go to School

The government of Sierra Leone has been forced by an ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) court to lift a ban that prevents pregnant schoolgirls from going to school.

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According to report, the ECOWAS court described the policy as discriminatory and ordered the government to abolish it with immediate effect.

The policy is said to have existed in Sierra Leone since 2015. It was established because the government viewed the mixing of pregnant students with others as a factor that had a bad influence.

The idea was that students who become pregnant should be enrolled in a separate school where they would be taught a version of the program that was not as intense as the regular one.

Reports show that one of the groups that have strongly championed the removal of the policy because of its perceived negative consequences is Women Against Violence and Exploitation in Society (Waves).

Speaking about the court decision, Waves executive director Hannah Yambasu said enthusiastically that:

“This victory belongs to the girls of Sierra Leone who have been degraded and dehumanized because of their status since 2014.”

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Written by How Africa

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