Protect Teenage Mothers’ Access to Education

Target: Uhuru Kenyatta, President of Kenya

Goal: Provide sex education and funding to ensure young girls receive basic education.

Thousands of young women, some as young as 15, in Kenya are forced to take their high school exams while pregnant, while thousands more are excluded from schools altogether in a country which shames women for unplanned pregnancies while doing next to nothing to prevent them. Kenyan schools and public health services have largely pursued abstinence-only sex education, an approach proven to contribute to higher rates of teen pregnancy and sexually-transmitted diseases.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has promised to expand antenatal care to these young women, but he has said nothing of education. Teen pregnancy rates have spiked as numerous schools have closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, indicating many young women will lose their opportunities for vital basic learning. Sign the petition below to demand that these girls be offered thorough sex education and educational support and subsidies to ensure they enjoy the same rights as their peers.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President Kenyatta,

The closing off of educational opportunities to teenage mothers in Kenya is a tragic occurrence which leaves the girls in question and their children in unfair economic circumstances. Many of these young women have become pregnant under cloistered conditions at home under the current pandemic, almost always without the benefit of proper sex education.

Although your promise to provide these girls with medical care is laudable, it’s a futile effort so long as they are taught nothing about birth control or sexual hygiene in schools. I demand that you offer these girls funding and instruction to protect themselves and their futures.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: KZN




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