Gender Centre Embarks on Regional Discussions on Child Pregnancy and Youth Advancement

By Joyce Boahemaa Fosu

The Gender Centre of GIMPA has embarked on a nationwide discussion on child pregnancy and youth advancement.
The aim of the programme is to create a platform for organizations and individuals who have the interest of Children and the Youth at heart to come together to deliberate on how best to impact Children and the youth positively.
Themed “Strengthening Family and Community links to facilitate Youth Education and Stewardship for a Sustainable Economy,’’ the programme is also part of GIMPA’s determination to ensure that a sustainable gender equality environment is created for all Ghanaian youth.
As part of the event, the organizers will be visiting regions where the situation seems pronounced such as Ashanti, Greater Accra, Central, Western, Northern, Eastern and Volta regions.
According to Dr. Beatrice Akua Sakyiwah, the Coordinator of the Gender Centre, GIMPA as an institution is concerned about the protection of childhood on all socio-cultural, political and economic dimensions.
“The rate in the increase of pregnant girls at the lower spectrum of the age ladder: between the ages of 9-13, raises concerns for all stakeholders to reconsider the kinds of interventions we provide for teenagers in their transitional period and who access these interventions,” she said.
Dr. Sakyiwah noted that early pregnancy is a local, national and global threat across countries, particularly in developing countries. Ghana is among the countries with high teenage pregnancy, and adolescent child bearing rates stand at 14.2 percent and 66/1000 adolescents respectively. “This must be a great concern for everyone,” she bemoaned.
She was therefore optimistic that providing interventions through programmes such as sensitization offers opportunities for the beneficiary’s awareness to be raised and enhance positive attitudinal change.
“Thus, this joint partnership is significant for collaboration that allows us to proactively generate knowledge for action oriented solution,” she added.
Dr. Sakyiwah stated that there are many factors that contribute to early pregnancy among adolescents and this has serious consequences for individuals, family, society and national development.

The focus of the Centre and all stakeholders was to understand how the problem can inform an action oriented support for the youth, especially the girl child.