Twelve-year-old Anastazia is a student at Bisigeta Primary School and she is from Iraqw tribe, an agro pastoralist community. She knows several girls from her Bisigeta village, in Mbulu District, Manyara Region who are being denied the opportunity of an education because of forced marriage, female genital mutilation, unplanned pregnancy and gender-based violence.
“My family life is difficult. My father comes home late at night, drunk and angry. My mother supports us financially but he drinks most of what she makes. When my mother is working, I care for my six younger siblings and so I often miss school. One night, my father beat my mother so badly that she ran off. My exams were approaching but I couldn’t leave my brothers and sisters alone so I did not go to school for weeks.”