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To reduce the rate of teen pregnancies and increase parents, teenagers and community knowledge on Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR)
- To enhance community knowledge on Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and prevention of Teenage Pregnancy
- To use documentary to equip teenage mothers with knowledge they need in order to make the right choices regard to sexual reproductive health
- To enhance parents and community members’ knowledge and understanding of girls’ rights and sexual reproductive health++
TEENAGE PREGNACY FACTS GLOBALLY AND IN RWANDA
- Teenage pregnancies are a global and Rwanda’s problem but occur most often in poorer and vulnerable communities whereby many girls face considerable pressure to marry early and become mothers while they are still a child.
- Teenage pregnancy increases when girls are denied the right to make decisions about their sexual and reproductive health and well-being.
- Girls must be able to make their own decisions about their bodies and futures and have access to appropriate healthcare services and education.
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CAUSES OF TEENAGE PREGANCY AKWOS WILL SEEK TO ADDRESS
- Child, early and forced marriage, which can be both a cause and a consequence
- Lack of education or dropping out of school which renders teen girls very vulnerable to engage in unprotected sex due to redundancy
- Limited knowledge, information and skills about SRHR. Young Rwandan adolescents have limited access to information influences adolescent decisions regarding sexual intercourse and early pregnancies.
- The media and social media influence: The social media and media displaying too much sex scenes are also the main factors that influence teenage pregnancy.
- Poverty as an Influence on Teenage Pregnancy: Poor girls are easily tempted by “Sugar-daddy”.
- Cultural beliefs and silence: Local communities still believe that it is taboo to talk about sex with young people due to negative social norms attached.
- Lack of Parental Guidance and communication between child-parent: Parents have no culture of conversing with their children on sexual reproductive health & rights.
- Inadequate access to services tailored to young people
- Family, community and social pressure to marry
- Sexual violence
HOW IS AKWOS COMMITTED TO SUPPORT TEEN MOTHERS?
- AKWOS is committed to tackling teenage pregnancy, especially among younger adolescents (aged 14-19 who are most at risk and yet often overlooked. We will also support girls who have already become mothers through increasing their knowledge on sexual reproductive health, teenage pregnancy and child protection.
- By raising girls’ awareness of their sexual and reproductive health and rights, protecting them from abuse and connecting them with education and health services, AKWOS will support the key decisions they make about their futures and bodies.
- AKWOS call will collaborate with government institutions and Civil Society Organizations to strengthen national health systems, implement comprehensive education on sexuality and relationships in and out of schools, and provide affordable, safe contraception to tackle the root causes of adolescent pregnancy.
- We will also demand local authorities to support pregnant girls and young mothers to continue and complete their education.
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Increased awareness of the society’s perspective towards teen pregnancies and girls’ rights: The society will be fully aware of teen mothers and girls’ rights and it no longer discriminates them as it used to be done due to gender norms and stigma. Influential people in the society now will help in approaching those parents whose mindsets are still rigid on comprehending that girls have rights on their bodies and need directions on how to manage them; and teen mothers are not to be discriminated but to be supported like other children.
Increased community ownership on Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and prevention of Teenage Pregnancy
Reduced school drop outs among young girls due to teenage pregnancy
Reduced early marriages as a result of families’ poverty to take care of the teen mothers