Talk about sex with children, YWCA asks families

By Staff Reporter

Senanga YWCA has asked families to talk freely about sexual reproductive health with their children.

Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) district advocate volunteer Kapinda Mubita said this would help inform children properly on measures to prevent teenage pregnancies.

She advised the modern generation of parents to do away with old traditions of not talking about sexual topics with their children.

Mubita argued that to the contrary, parents had a critical role to play in their children’s lives.

She said further that in order for the End Child Marriage campaign to succeed, the programme should include adult mentors.

“Certain traditional practices such as initiation ceremonies for girls should be done after girls have completed school, as most of the teachings given lead to young girls engaging in pre-marital sex,” said Mubita.

“Most girls who undergo the initiation ceremony at a young age are likely to have teenage pregnancies and not complete school compared to those that are not subjected to such ceremonies.”

Government, through the Ministry of Gender in partnership with UNICEF, is running a pilot project on ending child marriage in Senanga and Katete districts in Western and Eastern Provinces respectively.