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February 19, 2018 at 3:01 pm #672
M-Kids Youth Council
The Mauritius Family Planning Welfare Association (MFPWA) hosted since the beginning of the year 2017, 35 young pregnant teens sexually abused, the majority between 12 and 15 years.
From January to March 2013, the MFPWA has recorded 84 girls sexually abused, with 35 reported cases of teenage pregnancy.
“Every year, MFPWA features nearly 300 child victims of sexual abuse… 200 are pregnant… The situation is worsening over the years. We have alarming figures facing us. It is time to act”, said VidyaCharan, the President MFPWA.
Now, we should also take into consideration the fact that in Mauritius, there are many unreported cases of early aged pregnancy hidden from the Bureau of Statistics.
A holistic approach is required in order to address teenage pregnancy. This means not focusing on changing the behaviour of girls but addressing the underlying reasons of adolescent pregnancy such as poverty, gender inequality, social pressures and coercion. This approach should include “providing age-appropriate comprehensive sexuality education for all young people, investing in girls’ education, preventing child marriage, sexual violence and coercion, building gender-equitable societies by empowering girls and engaging men and boys and ensuring adolescents’ access to sexual and reproductive health information as well as services that welcome them and facilitate their choices.”
Introducing a curriculum on ‘Sexual Education’ in schools would be highly beneficial to many adolescents since in many families ‘sex’ is still considered as a taboo subject. If not parents, teachers or specialists can help the young generation learn about the effects and consequences of unprotected sex and early physical intercourses. They will learn how to say No to those who offer them illicit proposals.February 25, 2018 at 5:46 pm #702
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