April 1, 2015 By Regina Pratt
Traditional rulers, parents and teenagers last Tuesday discussed teenage pregnancy and rape and how they affect adolescents in Kailahun district.
The forum was themed ‘Making it happen for Ebola Virus Disease families, especially women and girls in Kailahun district’ as part of this year’s International Women’s Day celebration.
Speaking to Concord Times, Yeama Caulker, Programme Officer for Women in Peacebuilding Network, said adolescent pregnancy is a serious problem in many parts of the country as teenagers choose to be sexually active before they are prepared for the commitments of sexual relationships.
She said that those who are sexually active seldom use contraceptives, thus exposing themselves to the risks of unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, adding that unprotected sexual activity has grave consequences for adolescents, their families and children they bear.
Ms. Caulker revealed that the dialogue forum discussed how modalities could be put in place to reduce teenage pregnancy in the eastern district, which share borders with both Liberia and Guinea.
She said participants discussed issues of poverty, lack of parental control, exposure to nude videos and the unwillingness of parents to talk about sexual issues to their children.
“Some communities have responded to the challenges of preventing adolescent pregnancy with broad based initiatives involving many different sectors of the community,” she said, addiing that the initiatives involve key community leaders and representatives of grassroots organisations.