Thursday, 31 October 2013

Girl Power

A girl who marries late is not only more likely to stay in school, but is also more likely to work, invest and reinvest her income and become a lever for development. A girl who waits for a right time before she gets married empowers herself to have an opportunity of choosing whether, when and how often to have children.

In turn, her family thrives and she, as an individual also stands a better chance of overcoming pangs of poverty.

 Investing in young girls is a very good development. YONECO through the implementation of several projects is committed to enabling girls to expand their life choices, opportunities and protecting their rights as well for their personal development and that of their communities.
My plea to all stakeholders, teachers and community members is that they should empower girls and remember that girls are not merchandise but capable human beings with a lot of potential...

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

We Say Yes To Comprehensive Sexual Education!

Comprehensive sexual education is essential to enable young people to deal with their sexuality in a positive and responsible way. An estimated number of 2.2million adolescent girl in Africa reportedly become pregnant every year. This contributes to an increase in the number of young girls who drop out of school, high unemployment rate as well as vulnerability to violence and all this translates to the perpetuation of poverty as a matter of consequence.

Worse still, lack of information is greatly contributing to a rise in the spread of HIV. In 2010 alone, 2.6 million new HIV infections were recorded and 17% of the total number was filled up by cases of children aged 0- 14 years.
Parents, teachers, social workers and community members, it is time we educate the youth about sexuality.