08 Nov 2013 17:00pm
EENHANA, 08 NOV (NAMPA) First Lady Penehupifo Pohamba says many young Namibian women become mothers at a tender age, thereby risking their lives and jeopardising their futures.
The First Lady said this in a statement presented on her behalf by Health and Social Services Deputy Minister Petrina Haingura at the official launch of the Comprehensive Sexual Education (CSE) Project for the Ohangwena Region at Eenhana on Thursday.
Pohamba stated that it is becoming worse day-by-day in Namibian society as young girls continue leaving school, risking tough times in future.
She said often, the boys who have impregnated the girls are left free to continue with their school.
This is a sad story to us parents and our loved girl children. We can no longer continue hiding the problem of cultural norms, the First Lady said.
She wants serious steps to be taken in order to identify the aspects of the culture, which she said are dangerous, and to openly address such a situation for the wellbeing of the girl-child.
According to her, there is a cultural bias towards boys, which must come to an end.
I urge everyone to make sure that both girls and boys are equally dealt with, Pohamba said.
She explained that the Ohangwena Region recently made headlines due to teenage pregnancy and, as such, the region was selected for the CSE Project.
The main aim of the project is to sensitise the community on the importance of comprehensive sexual education for Namibian children.
The project will focus on empowering the entire Namibian community with accurate, understandable information with regard to sexual and reproductive health, and eventually empowering adolescents and the youth so that they can take control over their own sexual behaviour.
CSE informs the adolescents about abstinence as the best method for avoiding unwanted pregnancy and sexual transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV and AIDS, the First Lady noted.
The Organisation for the Empowerment of Widows/Widowers and Orphans in Namibia (OEWONA), which is headed by the First Lady, is spearheading the CSE Project in partnership with the Namibia Prepared Parenthood Association (NAPPA).