Women’s rights in Africa

Calls for pregnant girls in Sierra Leone to be allowed to attend school

In Sierra Leone, around a third of girls become pregnant before the age of eighteen
In Sierra Leone, one third of girls become pregnant before they reach the age of eighteen, according to human rights groups. They are forced into what is euphemistically called "transactional sex" - in other words, coercion. And if they become pregnant, they are banned from attending school. Now campaigners are taking that ban to a tribunal of Ecowas, the Economic Community of West African States. Chernor Bah, one of the campaigners, explains why this ban should be overturned.

Sierra Leonean students in a Freetown school Credit: José Nicolas/Corbis via Getty Images
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