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

Activité:Talk show ″Urubugarw'itangazamakuru″ (Club de la presse)

Date:14/11/2021

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Why teen pregnancies still on the rise?

According to experts, teen pregnancy can have a wide range of health, social, educational, and economic consequences for young people. 

The issue of teenage pregnancies has been a topic in many meetings, radio talk shows and on social media.

However, to many, that’s as far as the awareness of the issue that is crippling the future of most young girls has gone.

In 2016, the numbers of teenage births recorded were 17,849. In 2017, it reduced to 17,337 teenage births, however these numbers of teenage pregnancies have been on the rise since 2018, despite the government’s efforts to empower and support the girl child.

A total of 19,832 underage girls got pregnant in 2018, up from 17,337 in 2017, according to official data. And 23,544 children were born to teen mothers in 2019.

The Eastern Province has been at the forefront of the number of teenage pregnancies for many years, with Nyagatare ,Gatsibo and Kirehe districts having the highest number of pregnancies

For example, in 2018, Ministry of Health figures show that Nyagatare District topped the list with 1,465 pregnancies, followed by Gatsibo with 1,452 and Kirehe with 1,055.

In 2021 Gatsibo District has been reported as the first District to have a higher rate of teen pregnancy in the whole country.

"Urubuga rw’Itangazamakuru" (Club de la Presse) of this Sunday 14-11-2021 broadcasted in synergy by twelve radio and two TV stations across the country; focused on “Why teen pregnancies still on the rise?” It took place in Ngarama Sector, Gatsibo district.

Invitees

Herbert RUTARO: RIB Eastern province

Jolly NANKUNDA:  ES Gatsibo district

Evariste MURWANASHYAKA: Human right activist

The invitees said that several factors were strongly associated with and contribute to the increased risk of teenage pregnancy. It was heightened the relationship between teenage pregnancy, their age, poverty, poor parental educational and the low parental monitoring of teenager’s behaviors. 

RIB representative said that some of the suspects had been brought to justice, and now 20% of victims have already received justice, while other suspects are still being sought but there is still a lack of compensation.

RIB points out that there is still a problem of victims hiding evidence due to the consent of the families but argued the children who have been raped to file a complaint and the perpetrators to be prosecuted everywhere.

The citizens said that 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”.

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.

“The people making these girls Pregnant are known to society but no one is willing to speak up. Families keep silent, neighbours follow suit and in the end, you have a society that is covering for people who in some circumstances end up being repeat offenders,” said one of the mothers who have two impregnated teenagers.

After the talk show, RIB received three specific cases which had been raised by victims that filed their cases but not given justice.  He promised to follow up himself the cases and gave his personal contact for those who may need support once junior investigators do not help victims.

 

 

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