Caribbean teenagers talk about unwanted pregnancies

Youngsters from across the Caribbean were involved in a discussion on unwanted pregnancy and its effects last Tuesday by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). They presented their views on the topic in a virtual way Conversation at the youth table Publish the State of the World Population Report (SoWP) in the Caribbean.

Titled “Seeing the Invisible: Cases for Action in the Neglected Crisis of Unwanted Pregnancy”the report advocates universal access to contraception as a key way to help women choose the timing, number and spacing of their pregnancies.

Teen panelists from Guyana, Suriname and Barbados all joined in the conversation, which aimed to highlight some of the implications of unwanted pregnancy in the Caribbean and debunk some of the myths associated with contraceptive use, which is one of the key ways to help Prevention is unwanted pregnancies.

In addition, panellists highlighted factors such as intersectionality and cultural norms that often conflict with the practice of contraception.

They also discussed possible solutions to mitigate the challenges, such as: B. Implementing dedicated programs, providing access to information and using appropriate language to engage with different audiences.

They also shared their perspectives, with one panelist discussing the social impact of pregnancy as a teenager and another panelist sharing his experiences as a man with a disability.

The third panelist took the opportunity to share research and experiences of the Maroon community in Suriname. They were expertly led by presenter Carla Moore, a Jamaican social media influencer and activist.

UNFPA Sub-Regional Office for the Caribbean (SROC) Director and Representative Alison Drayton spoke at the beginning of the discussion. She stressed that the focus of the roundtable was deliberately placed on young people, as UNFPA recognizes that young women in developing countries, such as the English- and Dutch-speaking Caribbean, are significantly affected by unwanted pregnancies.

She also underscored the importance of using contraception, noting that “by far the biggest problem is people’s inability to get the contraception they need, when they need it.”

She also acknowledged that there are numerous myths surrounding contraceptive use and said she was glad some of those myths were debunked during the discussion.

The SoWP 2022 discusses the associated differential impacts of unwanted pregnancies on women and girls, men and boys, and the general development of countries, and highlights several factors contributing to the spread of the problem. It can be accessed via this link. (PR)

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