Three female students of the Nurses and Midwifery Training School, Mampong, Ashanti have been denied opportunity to register and write their licensing Exams with the Nurses and Midwifery Council on grounds that they are pregnant.
One of the students, 35-year-old Madam Alice Armoh, a married woman, described the decision to bar them from writing the exams as very discriminatory. She said all attempts her and her colleagues registered have proved futile.
Meanwhile, Human Rights and Public Interest Lawyer, Francis Sosu says “This policy of denying pregnant women rights to write their licensing exams breaches Article 17(1) and 17(2) which provided for equality before the law and makes provisions against discrimination on the basis of gender.”
“It’s also breaching article 12(1) and (2) of the 1992 Constitution and the United Nation’s Convention on Elimination of All forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW),” he posted on his Facebook wall, Friday, May 27, 2016.
He, therefore, called on the “Ministry of Gender, Children and Social protection to act immediately to save this situation”.
“I also want to call on the Ministry of Health, the Nurses and Midwifery Council to immediately remedy the situation to save them from possible suits for human rights violations.
“We at F-X Law & Associates have lodged a formal Petition with CHRAJ for an on behalf of these female students.
“I hope and pray that these institutions will act to save the education of these female students.”