GIRE busca colocar los derechos reproductivos en la agenda pública y movilizar la opinión pública en casos paradigmáticos de violaciones a derechos reproductivos de las mujeres. Conoce nuestras campañas e involúcrate en la acción, explora nuestras demandas y logros.
A call to prevent and attend to adolescent pregnancy
When a Mexican girl or teenager becomes pregnant, she tends to think that it was the consequence of an irresponsible act, and she is pointed out as the cause of the problem and forced to carry the burden, as if in response to a negative action on her part. Factors such as poverty, marginalization, discrimination and inequality that adolescents experience and that contribute to the issue are ignored. Can a girl or teenager who has no decision-making power be blamed for a lack of initiative in not using contraceptives? Can she be held responsible when she does not have information nor has had comprehensive sex education? Can she be blamed for being forced to marry or for being a victim of sexual violence? In Mexico, according to official figures, two in 10 adolescents aged 15-19 years have been pregnant more than once. In addition, one in two teenagers 12 to 19 years old who initiates their sex life gets pregnant and four out of 10 teenage pregnancies are not planned or wanted.
The probability of a teenager dying during pregnancy or childbirth is twice as high as that of a woman between the ages of 20 and 30. Differences in access to quality health services and prenatal care, malnutrition levels and health in general are factors that affect pregnancy during adolescence based on women’s socioeconomic status. The most visible and serious impact is maternal and prenatal mortality. GIRE’s campaign “Recover and Opportunity”, in collaboration with the Mexican organizations Mexfam and Afluentes, emphasizes the responsibility that the government must assume with regards to adolescent pregnancy, such as preventing and dealing with sexual violence, eliminating child marriage, implementing comprehensive sex education, guaranteeing access to contraceptive methods, providing family-friendly counseling, addressing school dropout, ensuring access to legal abortion, and providing specialized reproductive health services. To avoid more broken life goals among teenagers, Recover an Opportunity focuses on these pending issues. It is crucial that adolescents stop being seen as responsible for the problem, because there is no doubt that Mexico has failed to fulfill its obligation to ensure girls’ and adolescents’ best interests.
Adolescent pregnancy prevention proposals in Mexico: The following proposals are based on recommendations presented by the United Nations Committees, international organizations such as the World Health Organization and UNICEF, as well as by national and international civil society organizations working on the topic.
National and International Organizations working on this issue
International Organizations with Offices in Mexico:
UNFPA México. http://www.unfpa.org.mx
OMS/OPS México http://www.paho.org/mex/
Some of the national organizations:
Redim Red por los Derechos de la Infancia en Méxicohttp://www.derechosinfancia.org.mx/
DemysexRed Democracia y Sexualidad http://www.demysex.org.mx/Inicio.html
Afluentes, S.C. http://www.afluentes.org/
Equidad de Género: Ciudadanía, Trabajo y Familia http://www.equidad.org.mx/
Ipas México http://www.ipasmexico.org/
Católicas por el Derecho a Decidir http://www.catolicasmexico.org
Red Balance http://www.redbalance.org/
Fondo María para la Justicia Social http://www.redbalance.org/maria/inicio_maria.html
Gente Jóven- Mexfam http://www.gentejoven.org.mx/