In Tanzania, girls undergo mandatory pregnancy testing as part of the country’s policy to ban pregnant students and adolescent mothers from attending public schools. If a student is found to be pregnant, they are expelled or forced to drop out. In a recent review of the policy, Human Rights Watch cited a report from the Center which found that over 55,000 girls had been denied their right to education between 2003 and 2011. The report also found that, in 2013, expulsion as a result of pregnancy was a nearly universal phenomenon in Tanzania.
- To read the full review, visit: Human Rights Watch: Tanzania: Pregnant Student Ban Harms Thousands
- To see all of the findings from the Center’s report, visit: The Center for Reproductive Rights: Forced out: Mandatory Pregnancy Testing and the Expulsion of Pregnant Students in Tanzanian Schools