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Young people face major obstacles in entering the work force. Adolescent girls face the added burdens of widespread early childbearing and gender-based violence. Young women are also less likely than their male peers to complete secondary education, limiting their opportunities and ability to work their way out of poverty. A graduate, Ange, speaking at a ceremony on behalf of graduating girls. This project, run in partnership with the UK Department for International Development, helps girls get a quality education and access lifelong learning opportunities. At a recent graduation ceremony, 41 young mothers from Bugesera and Gatsibo districts graduated in cookery and hairdressing.
The rate of teenage pregnancy remains unacceptably high in most developing countries. In Rwanda, studies show a rapid increase over the past two decades despite the political achievements of women's empowerment, and efforts to curtail child sexual abuse.
Unfortunately, the current knowledge of the household determinants of teenage pregnancies in Rwanda is limited, as recent studies have focused on providing s with little analysis of proximate causal factors or focused on the individual determinants. The study uses secondary data from the recent Rwanda Demographic and Health Survey RDHS: — to analyse household factors associated with teenage pregnancies in Rwanda. In addition to descriptive analysis, we ran logistic regression models to determine the level of association between teenage pregnancy and household socioeconomic characteristics.
Teen girls from small households are more likely to get pregnant than those from large families, while financial, social and educational empowerment of parents, and harmonious household contexts contribute to lessening the cases of teenage pregnancy.
It indicates that social and economic support to teen girls which include parental supervision, guidance, and financial care are essential aspects to consider in order to reduce teenage pregnancy rates. The study suggests that in addition to efforts directed to teens themselves, strategies for reducing teen pregnancies should focus on a range of household-level contexts that form two broad : empowering parents and maintaining parents' harmonious decisions on teen girls.
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Abstract The rate of teenage pregnancy remains unacceptably high in most developing countries. Keywords Sociology.
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