Ecowas court orders Sierra Leone to allow pregnant girls to attend school

Ecowas court orders Sierra Leone to allow pregnant girls to attend school

- The government of Sierra Leone has been asked to lift a ban that stops pregnant students from attending school

- The issue was sent to court by groups including Women Against Violence and Exploitation in Society (Waves)

- According to the Ecowas court that heard the case, the policy is discriminatory and the ban must be lifted immediately

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

Face2FaceAfrica.com reports that the Ecowas court called the policy discriminatory and directed that the government abolishes it with immediate effect.

It is indicated that the policy being abolished has been in existence in Sierra Leone since 2015. It was established because the government viewed the mingling of pregnant students with peers as a factor of bad influence.

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The idea was that the students who get pregnant would be enrolled in a separate institution where they would be taught a version of the curriculum that is not as intense as the regular one.

Reports show that one of the groups that stood sternly for the policy to be removed because of its perceived negative consequences is Women Against Violence and Exploitation in Society (Waves).

Speaking about the court's ruling, the executive director of Waves, Hannah Yambasu, said excitedly that:

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

In other news, a Black woman from Detroit by name Annetta Powell who has been imprisoned for 24 months at the Alderson Federal Prison in West Virginia, known as 'Camp Cupcake' has made a huge comeback in the real estate industry since she was released in 2016.

Blackenterprise.com reports that her business in real estate started as far back as 2002 when the brilliant woman started making progress. She leveraged her industry knowledge, published her first real estate book, and started conducting training seminars in 2007.

Life took a U-turn for the passionate entrepreneur just the following year as she was investigated for real estate fraud and later indicted in 2011 for mortgage fraud.

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