Don’t Arrest Teenage Girls for Becoming Pregnant

Target: John Magufuli, President of Tanzania

Goal: Don’t arrest pregnant schoolgirls and make them to testify in court.

The fear of rape and abuse is so widespread in Tanzania that it causes many girls to drop out of school at an early age. On top of this, a new law imposed by President John Magufuli is set to impose harsh penalties on teenage girls who become pregnant, calling for their forced arrest and testimony in court. This will likely put many girls in danger and will only further contribute to a culture that appears to permit abuse while punishing innocent victims.

President Magufuli’s call to arrest pregnant schoolgirls immediately follows his shameful pardon of two convicted child rapists who were serving lifetime sentences for having raped 10 school-aged girls. This, combined with the new mandate calling for the arrest of all pregnant teens, appears to send the message that rapists will be allowed to walk free while schoolgirls will be punished for simply leaving their homes to receive an education.

The girls of Tanzania deserve far better than to be subjected to this cruel and degrading treatment. Sign below to demand that this unfair law be immediately reversed.


Dear President Magufuli,

Girls in Tanzania take enormous risks when they go to school. Many of them are abused or assaulted by teachers or classmates, and many are also afraid of the shame or negative consequences that could occur if they report these crimes. Arresting and forcing these vulnerable young women to testify if they become pregnant will only put these girls at greater risk.

Your recent actions appear to show that you have little regard for these girls or their futures, but we urge you to do the right thing for your country. You cannot allow abusers to go free while punishing their innocent victims. We, the undersigned, demand that you immediately reverse your decision to arrest these vulnerable teenage girls for something that is sadly so often out of their control.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Pat Williams says:

    Typical male. Blame it on the female. Do you think these girls got pregnant by themselves? Do you think they wanted to be raped? Arrest the SOB’s that got them pregnant, sterilize them and no more problems! I doubt the other sobs want to be sterilized so they will leave these GIRLS alone.

  2. Jacqui Skill says:

    Magulfuli is a dehumanized ignorant monster and should not even be president.. it is insane!

  3. When do girls (and women) get to be treated fairly?! All of man’s problems are blamed on females. Men need to get over this outdated biblical idea and take a good long look at themselves and take credit for many evils of the world. Most females are nurturing and loving and do not deserve to be scapegoats for men’s wrongdoings. GROW UP!

  4. Sad and “funny” that such an idea springs from an African leader!
    According to endless statistics – in Africa children, females, particularly young females are daily, some said, hourly, raped at an alarming scale! Worse of all things: rapists never – or very rarely are brought to justice!

    That disregard – disrespect alone is a crime!

  5. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    release them now! pregancy is not a crime so stop adolescent pregnancies! provide birth control and abortions.

  6. Margaret Melnick says:

    I think the problem is the PRESIDENT is a RAPIST himself. He is trying to protect himself. GET RID OF HIM NOW. I HOPE OTHER COUNTRIES HAVE THE GUTS TO STEP IN AND SAY ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.

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