Tanzania’s President, John Magufuli, recently said pregnant students should not be allowed to return to school. Tanzania's ban on pregnant adolescent girls in school is harmful for girls, their families, and the country as a whole.
The drumbeat to end child marriage worldwide continues to grow louder. For the third time, countries adopted a resolution to end it.
Every year, 15 million girls around the world, including in the US, are married before they turn 18—a violation of their human rights.
Just as US-funded programs for girls and gender equality are truly getting underway, the rug may be pulled out from under them.
How local groups around the world are filling the information gap and making sure girls' voices are heard.
The State Department's new strategy looks at the myriad needs girls have: from going to school, staying safe, developing life skills and self-esteem, and choosing if, when, and to whom they will marry.
Laws against child marriage are important, but groups like Aahung are showing how community outreach is just as critical.
Africa has the highest rates of child marriage in the world—1 in 3 girls are married before the age of 18—so the issue demands immediate action there.
The 2030 Agenda has committed to ending harmful practices such as child marriage and female genital mutilation. Governments must now examine the causes and consequences of these practices in order to face them head-on and eliminate them.
President Obama's trip to Africa marked a turning point for his administration's work to improve the lives of adolescent girls.