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African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights to give verdict on case challenging Tanzania’s ban on pregnant girls and adolescent mothers attending school



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African Court

The African Court on Human and Peoples Rights will issue its final judgment on the Equality Now ( and Tike Mwapimbile ( case against the United Republic of Tanzania regarding the Government of Tanzania’s policy of permanently expelling pregnant girls from school, and banning adolescent mothers from attending school.


East African Time

The judgment will be issued at 10am East African Time at the court’s premises in Arusha, Tanzania.


Equality Now

Equality Now and its Tanzanian partner brought this landmark case against the Government of Tanzania on 19th November 2020 on behalf of young girls who had been denied access to education permanently by virtue of the 2002 amendment to Education Act, enacted vide Government Notice No. 295.

This policy banned pregnant girls and girls who had given birth from returning to school on grounds of morality or marriage.

High-level government officials voiced public support for the ban, which led to the renewed and rampant expulsion of girls from schools in the past few years.

The case has attracted worldwide attention with 11 actors including human rights institutions and personalities joining the case as amici curiae to expound on the rights in question.

Judy Gitau

“We hope for a favourable judgement for the girls of Tanzania in order to secure their right to education not only in practice or rhetoric but in law as well” Judy Gitau, Regional Coordinator Equality Now.

The live proceedings can be followed here:

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