Helping Young Women to Stay in School in Sierra Leone
To help girls find alternatives to early marriage and pregnancy, United Nations Population Fund is helping to put guidance counsellors in nearly 200 junior secondary schools.
UNFPA, 18 March 2019
Fatmata Sesay was 15 years old when she became pregnant. Her parents forced her to move in with her boyfriend, who was neither in school nor employed. Moving in with him felt like… Read more »
Fatmata Sesay re-enrolled in school after becoming pregnant at age 15.
Sierra Leone: Laws to Protect Women Have Unintended Consequences
The Conversation Africa, 23 January 2019
Age-of-consent law is complex. If it is set too high, there's a risk that it will undercut young people's agency. If it is set too low, it does not offer enough protection for… Read more »
Concord, 1 October 2018
Sierra Leone's 2014 and 2015 status of youth report has revealed that teenage pregnancy is one of the most pervasive problems affecting the health, social, economic, political… Read more »
Thomson Reuters Foundation, 23 August 2018
Rights activists say the state should address the stigma faced by pregnant girls rather than ostracise them. Read more »
"I am the one who should decide whether to go to the alternative or the mainstream school," said 17-year-old Sarah Bassie, an alternative school student. Read more »