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Eastern Africa News Network

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African Court Appeals for Young Single Mothers’ Rights

The African Court of Human and People’s rights have realized the importance of safeguarding the basic rights of young single mothers and their need to access education; pursue careers and becoming productive in society.

“Women remain an important foundation to any nation’s economic development and social stability,” points out the African Court’s President, Lady Justice Imani Aboud, adding that even the girls who for one reason or another fall into early pregnancies must be assisted to start afresh.

“It is also high time that young women get initiated into technological training, digital inventions and other modern skills that not only provide them with new fields of work but also enable them to work from anywhere in the world.

Many girls and young women in Tanzania and other parts of East Africa have been victims of forced marriages, arranged nuptials, early pregnancies and cases of gender-based violence that compel most of them to flee from their homes or drop out of school.

The African Court President, Judges and Members of Staff recently took time to visit and spend time with the young single mothers and girls who happen to be victims of a number of social injustices that catapulted them into early pregnancy, forced marriages or abuse including being thrown out of school.

It was also part of the African Court’s weeklong commemoration of the International Women Day 2023.

Among other things the African Court’s Delegation visited the Faraja Centre in Arusha for young single mothers and girls below 20 years and donated various items, including mattresses, food supplies, an automatic sewing machine, cookers and gas cylinders.

Young and Single Mothers

Operating from Moshono area of Arusha City, the Faraja Young Women Development Organization (FAYOWODO) is a registered Non-Government Organization which offers temporary residence, education and vocational training to young single mothers and girls below the age of 18 years.

Many of the girls at the center have suffered from early pregnancy, forced early marriage, human trafficking, poverty, abuse, and a lack of education.

According to the Faraja Organization’s Director, Esther Moshi, the center thus trains these young women in different vocational fields to empower them for employment and self-reliant projects.

Lisper Lembris, one of the young mothers at Faraja, says despite balancing between motherhood and new vocation, it gets easier due to support she is getting from the establishment.