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Projet: Talk show club de la presse "Urubuga rw'itangazamakuru"

Activité:Summary of weekly radio talk-show « Emission Club de la Presse: "Urubuga rw’Itangazamakuru "

Date:22/12/2020

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Teenage pregnancy is a worldwide public health problem, with unequal associated burden distribution across high and low income countries: 95% of births among adolescents occur in low, or middle, income countries.

In Rwanda, although the prevalence of teen pregnancies is lower than in the neighboring countries (Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya), its rate has been steadily increasing over the last fifteen years. This has generated a strong concern among both government and civil society.

From January to August 2019, the number of teenage pregnancies was 15,696, which means at least 1,962 pregnant girls per month.

According to these figures, about 23,544 children were born to young mothers in 2019.

And under covid-19 lockdown (from March to June 2020) cases of teenage pregnancies reached 13,257 across the country.

Broken down by leading districts pregnancies, Gasabo, Gatsibo, and Nyagatare recorded the high number of teenage pregnancies.

The talk show “Urubuga rw'Itangazamakuru” (Club de la Presse) of 20-12-2020 broadcasted in synergy by ten radio stations from all provinces of the country and a television (TV Isango Star focused on “"Fighting and Preventing Child sexual Abuse”

Invitees:

BATAMULIZA Mireille/ Ministry of Gender and Family Promotion (MIGEPROF)

Dr Thierry MURANGIRA/ Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB)

Solange UMUTESI/ Parent

Dr Thierry MURANGIRA explained that their figures show that the raped children are mostly girls, but there are also a certain number of boys who have been raped. 3,476 children were raped nationwide in 2018-19 and 4,054 children were raped from 2019-2020 in June.

The guest also said that the most vulnerable category of children is between the ages of 15 and 17 who are sexually abused by young men because of friendship and the small number of married men who seduce them by givinf them money and other luxury things . In the category of children under 18, 15 were raped by their peers and the issue of boys raped by their colleagues or house workers. The invitee from RIB said these children are being raped more and more at lodges, cars or in singles' homes.

BATAMULIZA Mireille said that most of those who commit these crimes are well known in the villages but are protected by the wing of families and local authorities.

“One of the challenges that have come at the forefront of the reasons behind the rise in the number of teenage pregnancies is the culture of silence”. She said

Some families continue to cover up for the people involved in impregnating teenage girls; owing it to family ties, fear of social alienation and financial incentives.

She added that MIGEPROF launched a campaign to encourage parents not to hide the perpetrators of these crimes.

Solange UMUTESI said that children who have been sexually abused are not abandoned in the family and that they are assisted, advised, educated, continue their studies and are helped normally.

The conclusion was that Government, civil society and communities themselves must work together to address issues at all levels from education, to service provision and the deep societal norms that prevent their access and uptake. Central to this is also the work towards prevention and fight against gender based violence (GBV).

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