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Tanzania President John Magufuli has said girls will not be allowed back to school after giving birth during his administration.

He accused civil society organisations, which have been urging the government to permit teen mothers to re-enter the education system, of being used by foreign agents.

The president was addressing residents of Bagamoyo during a three-day tour of the Coast region.

"There are many things that the girls can do after delivery; they can join VETA (Vocational Education Training Authority centres) and learn sewing and farming," he said.

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Source: http://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/

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The new AWSAD safe house in Hawassa town
The new AWSAD safe house in Hawassa town

AWSAD has inaugurated its fifth safe house in the city of Hawassa on May 13th 2017. The Hawassa safe house, set up with financial support from UNFPA, will have a capacity to serve 30 women and girl survivors of violence coming from the Southern Nations, Nationalities and People’s Region (SNNPR) of Ethiopia. Like the other AWSAD safe houses, the Hawassa safe house provides comprehensive rehabilitation and reintegration services including psychological counselling, skills training, legal follow-up and reintegration. 

Speaking at the inauguration ceremony,Fantaye Gezahegn, Deputy Head of Charities and Societies Agency, said, “Because the only organization in Hawassa that used to provide similar services closed down recently, this new AWSAD safe house is just in time.”

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Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of Ethiopia was voted director general of the World Health Organization on Tuesday, the first African ever to head the agency.

The election was the first conducted by the W.H.O. under more open and democratic rules. After nearly two years of public campaigning, originally by six candidates, the voting took place in a closed-door session in which the health ministers of 186 countries cast their ballots in secret.
Source: The New York Times

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