Teenage Pregnancy

Kristine Yakhama
Posted August 10, 2019 from Kenya

Kakamega county is leading in teenage pregnancy.Last week had an opportunity to interview girls expectant, teenage mothers, parents affected, teachers, local administration, police, rescue centres, legislators, CSOS and county education board members. Poverty, bodaboda, disco matanga, social media, peer pressure, poor parenting skills  are factors leading to teenage pregnancy. Teachers are not aware of return to school policy and national health strategy policy.We agreed to organise for meeting and take them through the policies and legislators to introduce a bill on sexual education to be introduced in schools.

This story was submitted in response to Supporting Our Girls.

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Hello, Kristine,

How are you doing? Thank you for taking action to address the issues concerning teenage pregancies in Kakamega county.

May I ask what is bodoboda and disco matanga?

Thank you for sharing! Hope you have a great weekend!

Kristine Yakhama
Aug 11
Aug 11

Bodaboda are motorbike riders who carry passengers at a fee depending on distance they lure young girls to sex for free ride.Disco matanga music played at night during funeral of a deceased person. Good morning

Thank you for the clarification, sister. I hate it when men try to take advantage of women when they offer something in exchange for sex. ;(

Thank you for the work that you do. Keep it up!

Jill Langhus
Aug 10
Aug 10

Hello Dear Kristine,

Thanks for sharing your lovely photo, as well as your update. That's sad that teachers aren't aware of policies. Is part of what you do educating the faculty on policies as well? You may want to consider submitting a post/story on your impact since you've been an Ambassador, too, under this call, dear:
https://www.worldpulse.com/raise-your-voice/our-impact?utm_source=hs_ema...

Hope you're doing well, and having a great weekend!

Kristine Yakhama
Aug 11
Aug 11

Noted with thanks good morning

Jill Langhus
Aug 11
Aug 11

Hello dear:-)

Happy Sunday!

Beth Lacey
Aug 12
Aug 12

Good luck

Lisbeth
Aug 12
Aug 12

Hello dear,
I can't agree with you less. Peer pressure is the leading cost of teenage pregnancy. The bad parenting as they try to run away from a nagging parents their friends influenced them to go for the so called best thing.
Then it lead to pregnancy. Oh see how innocent she is? She must be going through alot now, especially mockery from the classmates. Thanks for sharing dear.

Anita Shrestha
Oct 07
Oct 07

Dear
Thanks for sharing.