The Shocking Rate Of Teenage Pregnancy During Covid-19 Calls For Action

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Photo: An Expectant School Girl

The cabinet secretary for education professor George Magoha during today’s address to the nation expressed dissapointment over the alarming rate of teenage pregnancy ” There are some girls I helped to get a scholarship but am sad to announce to you that they are now expectant,” Magoha said.

Corona virus pandemic that led to the closure of schools rendered school going girls to be vulnerable to rape and immature pregnancy. Most girls all over the country have been made mothers premature which, is hindrance to their future.

Photo: Chief Justice David Maraga

This has not caught us by surprise Chief Justice of Kenya, Hon. David Maraga indicated an increase in the number of cases reported in court by 35.8%
UNFPA have already predicted a calamitous an increase of GBV cases; for every 3 months in lock down, 15 Million cases GBV will be reported while 31 Million persons will experience GBV if the lock down progresses to a further 6 months.
If the prediction by the UNFPA organization comes true, this will imply that the future of most girls will be at risk. This then calls for everyone to take action and responsiblity against the sexual harassment and violence taking place in the country.

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Photo: A family having a sharing

How can you actively participate in stopping this prevailing sexually violence?
1. Moral advice and counseling
There are many teenagers around you, it is vital that you tell them the importance of taking responsibility during this period and the importance of education.

2. Protect the girls against sexual violence
You must not keep quiet. Take a step and protect. Ask yourself many questions. What if it was my own biological child? Don’t allow someone molest a minor under your watch.

3. Report the cases
As responsible member of society you should not be silent. Report the cases to the authorities around you.

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