Sierra Leone: Let Girls Learn
In Sierra Leone ‘visibly’ pregnant girls are banned from attending school. In many cases, these girls are pregnant as a result of rape and sexual exploitation. In December 2019, the ECOWAS Court of Justice found that the government of Sierra Leone breached the right of pregnant girls to education. The government must now let girls learn.
Join us in calling upon President Julius Maada Bio and First Lady Fatima Bio to fully protect the rights of women and girls by:
- lifting the discriminatory ban without any restrictions,
- ensuring girls have full access to education
- ensuring perpetrators of sexual and gender-based violence are punished
- supporting educational outreach to relevant communities and local chiefs on the dangers of sexual and gender-based violence in Sierra Leone.
The government of Sierra Leone should not be denying these girls the chance of education.
In 2019, The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Court of Justice found that the government of Sierra Leone breached the right of pregnant girls to education by prohibiting pregnant school girls from accessing school.