However, in Tanzania only 34 per cent of sexually active, unmarried adolescent girls have access to modern forms of contraception, and soon, she became pregnant.As a result, she dropped out of school before graduation and married the man. He must have thought I was just playing hard to get because soon after he called to find out if I had got home safe. Then called again at 10am to ask if I had had my breakfast.(PRESS RELEASE) Adolescent girls in Tanzania are routinely—and often without warning—subjected to invasive, mandatory pregnancy testing, which has led to more than 55,000 pregnant students expelled or forced to drop out of school in the last decade, according to a new report from the Center for Reproductive Rights.According to a 2009 national survey commissioned by the United Nations Children’s Fund, nearly three in 10 women between the ages of 13 and 24 in mainland Tanzania reported experiencing at least one instance of sexual violence before turning 18 years old.Adolescents from rural area and marginalized communities are more vulnerable to forced sexual encounters, placing them at an even greater risk of an unplanned pregnancy.
“Even after I had a stillborn and wanted to go back to school, my mom said the family had given up on me and would not support my dreams for an education.” In addition to interviewing former and current students from throughout the country, including Iringa, Kilimanjaro, Pwani, Dar es Salaam and Morogoro regions, the Center and Yale Law School’s Allard K.
He never paid the dowry he had promised her family, and soon took to leaving her and her children alone for weeks at a time without a single cent or food.
Three years after their marriage, she had had enough and temporarily left her husband.
Not surprisingly, contraceptive use among adolescent girls in Tanzania remains minimal: only 10.7 percent of sexually active women aged 15-19 report using any birth control method.
“Adolescents have the same fundamental human rights as adults, and just like adults, should be able to access the tools they need to make informed choices about their reproductive health,” said Dr.