As in other parts of Africa, and in the East and Sub Saharan African region in particular, there is increasing concern about teenage pregnancies in Rwanda. Anecdotal information from the media has reported cases of teenage pregnancies in different parts of the country and in some schools. According to local newspaper ‘IZUBA RIRAHSYE’, in only one District of Musanze, about 769 teenagers experienced unwanted pregnancies in 2012, 819 in 2013, 883 in 2014 and 719 by September 2015. Among these, some are women are as young as 15.
It has also been reported that authorities, including the National Police, are concerned about the continuing silence around the issue by parents of the victims. Of the reported cases, only 165 suspects in the Northern Province were submitted to court between January and October, 2015.
In 2014, the Ministry of Gender and Family Promotion (MIGEPROF), together with the Ministry of Education (MINEDUC), and with the support of other partners, launched an annual national campaign against teenage pregnancies. As a supporter of this campaign, UNESCO has partnered with CSOs, LNGOs, and networks of young people, to engage communities in the promotion of comprehensive sexuality education as a response to the growing number of cases of teenage pregnancies.
Among the community engagement activities, is:
- The use of popular media to reach out to young people
in the country
- Key messages and communication materials on the prevention of teenage pregnancies and HIV through schools
- Community dialogues with community leaders and opinion leaders
- Capacity building of program managers and the media on the engagement of communities in the prevention of teenage pregnancies and HIV
UNESCO is also partnering with the Kigali Hope Association, a network of young people living with HIV, to reach out to young people in schools in 10mg levitra Musanze District with messages on the prevention of HIV and early teenage pregnancies, and the use of available health services and distribution of IEC materials. Live call-in radio is also being conducted locally, discussing issues such as how parents and their children can communicate about sexuality education, the need to know one’s HIV status, where and how to seek for HIV and other ASRHR services, consequences of early teenage pregnancies and advantages of delaying sex, and available laws against violence.