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23rd July 2018

West Africa Female Empowerment Joins AYCN to Campaign on Teenage Pregnancy!

By Mohamed Awuah (11/07/18)

The West Africa Women and Girls Empowerment (WAWGE) plans to collaborate with AYCN to embarking on teenage pregnancy campaign.

 

WAWGE is a women and girls focused non-governmental organisation established to give more voice, power to women and girls as well as look into issues of gender base violence, gender parities and equity across West Africa. (WAWGE campaigns for women and girls education).

Reports say, the WAWGE organisation in collaboration with AYCN is set to embark on ending teenage pregnancy in Sierra Leone campaign on the local parlance theme: "No Belleh B4, Durin, 'N' Afta BECE". In the Queen's language it means: "No Pregancy before, during and after BECE."

This is because the ever rising teenage pregnancy has been identified as the second persistent child abuse practice that can limit the ability of young girls to become more productive and contribute to society development.
 


Owing to the 2015 National survey on Teenage Pregnancy conducted by the Ministry of Social Welfare Gender and Children's Affairs, four out of ten teenage girls get pregnant at least once before age 20. That is nearly 750, 000 teenage pregnancies every year in Sierra Leone.

This campaign is aimed at improving knowledge, attitude and practices to reduce and consequently end pregnancy among young girls.

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