Empowering Girls to Combat Teenage Pregnancy
Teenage pregnancy is a global concern that has adverse consequences for the affected individuals, families, communities, and societies. Between 2016 and 2020, Ghana recorded 542,131 amongst adolescent girls aged 15-19 years and 13,444 pregnancies amongst young teenagers aged 10-14 years according to the Ghana Health Service District Health Information Management Health System (DHIMS), leading to increased school dropout rates, limited educational opportunities, poverty, and health risks for young girls. This issue perpetuates a cycle of poverty and hinders progress towards gender equality and sustainable development.
Awareness and Education
The campaign seeks to increase awareness about the consequences of teenage pregnancy and provide comprehensive sex education to girls, young ladies, and their communities. By conducting seminars, workshops, and community outreaches, GSG educates girls on reproductive health, contraception, and the importance of delaying pregnancy.
GSG aims to empower girls by building their self-esteem, confidence, and resilience. Through mentoring programs, girls are provided with guidance and support to help them navigate challenges and make positive choices. GSG encourages girls to prioritize education, career development, and personal growth, emphasizing the long-term benefits of delayed pregnancies.
The campaign advocates for policy reforms and community support systems that protect the rights of girls and young women. GSG collaborates with local stakeholders, including government agencies, schools, healthcare providers, and community leaders, to create an enabling environment that prevents teenage pregnancies and supports the well-being of young girls.