Three pregnant nurse trainees denied licensure registration

Three pregnant nurse trainees denied licensure registration

Three female students of the Nurses and Midwifery Training School at Mampong in the Ashanti Region are said to have been prevented from registering and writing their licensing exams with the nurses and midwifery council on grounds that they are pregnant.

Human rights lawyer, Francis-Xavier Sosu wrote on his Facebook page on Friday that he received a distress call from one of the students - a 35-year-old married woman -  who said all efforts to register the students had failed.

Mr Sosu said the policy of denying pregnant women their right to write their licensing exams breaches Article 17(1) and 17(2) of the constitution, which he said provided for equality before the law and made provisions against discrimination on the basis of gender.

He said it also breached article 12(1) and (2) and the United Nation's convention on elimination of all forms of discrimination against women (CEDAW).

The lawyer appealed to the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social protection, the Ministry of Health, and the Nurses and Midwifery Council to act immediately to remedy the situation.

He said his law firm, F-X Law, had lodged a formal Petition with Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice on behalf of the three students.

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