30 November 2021

Worldwide, early and unintended pregnancy prevents girls from accessing education - due to social isolation, stigma, poverty, and discriminatory legislation and practice.

Though early and unintended pregnancies happen across the world, there is a disproportionate occurrence in low and middle-income nations. Every year, 12 million girls aged 15-19 as well as an estimated minimum of 777,000 girls under the age of 16 give birth each year in the developing world. Some 10 million unintended pregnancies occur each year among adolescent girls in these regions, too. 

For the Right to Education Initiative, no girl or woman should be denied access to her education because of pregnancy or motherhood. Under international human rights law states are not allowed to refuse access to school by expelling girls on the basis of marriage, pregnancy, or having given birth as this would constitute discrimination. 

Despite this, pregnant girls and young mothers continue to face exclusion from educational systems, barriers to access, and the lack of enjoyment of their right to education.

To address this situation, we are developing a monitoring guide to enable individuals and organisations to advocate for the right to education of pregnant girls. Our monitoring guides provide the tools needed to document, report, and where necessary litigate for the right to education in diverse contexts. This #GivingTuesday, we are seeking your support.

Please consider donating any amount - large or small - to support us to produce the guide and reach as many relevant groups as possible, and enable CSOs and individuals worldwide to defend the right to education of pregnant girls.