Protect Tanzanian Girls From Abuse in School

Target: John Magufuli, President of Tanzania

Goal: Protect Tanzanian girls from the physical and sexual abuse that they receive while in school.

According to the United Nations Children’s Agency, 1 in 10 Tanzanian girls experience sexual abuse in school at the hands of their teachers. Other forms of harassment and corporal punishment are also allegedly major issues in Tanzania.

The Human Rights Watch (HRW) discovered that this was “shockingly common” in Tanzanian secondary schools. HRW researcher Ellie Martinez reported on a young woman named Lucia (whose name was changed for privacy) who revealed that her teacher started pressuring her into sex at the age of 14. She discovered that this was common for many girls.

These acts of abuse and sexual assault often result in girls no longer wanting to go to school. Many of the girls that spoke with Martinez said that they didn’t report these abuses because they didn’t know how or because they assumed nothing would actually be done to address their concerns.

In addition to dropping out due to fear, many girls are also forced to drop out if they become pregnant. In many Tanzanian schools, girls are subjected to mandatory pregnancy tests. Reportedly, more than 8000 students drop out each year because of pregnancy. Girls who are married can not attend school either.

These abuses are putting female Tanzanian students in danger every day if they decide to go to school. Their education is often jeopardized as a result because they often stop going because they don’t feel safe. It’s not fair that these girls are forced to leave school for the unwarranted and disgusting actions of the adults who are supposed to be educating them.

Sign this petition to demand that those who commit these abuses are punished and to help young Tanzanian girls continue on with their education.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President Magufuli,

Something needs to be done to help protect the girls who are being sexually and physically abused in Tanzanian schools. The United Nations Children’s Agency reported that 1 in 10 Tanzanian girls experience sexual abuse at the hands of a teacher.

This is leading a lot of girls to make the decision to drop out of school due to fear. This is also why they aren’t filing reports when the abuse happens. If a girl gets pregnant, they are also forced to stop attending school. It is not fair that they have to choose between getting an education and their safety — you should want them to have both.

We ask you to do what needs to be done to protect these girls. We encourage you to find those who commit these abuses and make sure they are rightfully punished. No young girl should be afraid to go to school.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Rasheed Hamis

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One Comment

  1. If 1 in 10 girls is experiencing sexual abuse at the hands of their teachers, it sounds as if there are a huge amount of pedophile teachers. This is a horrifying and disgusting situation that must be addressed immediately. They must start firing and prosecuting all these disgusting pedophiles, who abuse their positions of authority to take advantage of, and sexually abuse, their innocent students.

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