Are we failing our teenagers?

Access to Contraceptives

Teenage girls do not have access to contraceptives because the clinics do not operate after hours; there are gender inequalities and girls lack the ability to negotiate healthy sexual relationships.

Sexual Education

Our sexual education at school level is often haphazard, moralising and patronising; and there are no health professionals at school level to help and assist the girl who had unprotected sex by administering emergency contraceptives.

There are no consequences where schools violate policies – resulting in denying girls the right to education.

It is time to acknowledge that despite advances in contraceptive advice and access, policy reform lacks implementation.

Demands of Childcare

Postnatally, the girl is expected to perform academically without consideration of the financial, emotional and physical demands of childcare.