The data on teenage pregnancy in the first semester in Bogotá leaves an alarming panorama for the country’s capital. According to the Regional Health Department, In the first six months of the year, there were 68 births to women aged 10 to 14, with 61 cases in the first half of 2021, an increase of 11.47% compared to the first half of 2021.
The settlements with more cases of births in this age group, They were: Ciudad Bolivar (13), Usme (11), Suba (9), Bosa (8) and San Cristóbal (5).
On the other hand, births to women aged 15 to 19 saw a 7.4% drop compared to the first half of 2021, when 3,158 cases were reported.
This balance of adolescent pregnancy in Bogotá was known by the Secretariat of Social Integration within the Andean Week for the Prevention of Adolescent Pregnancy, which will take place from this Monday, 19 and until the following September 24, with the motto: “Let’s talk clearly about sexuality” , which seeks, through various activities, to sensitize and inform young people about human, sexual and reproductive rights.
Oscar Oviedo, Deputy Director of Youth Affairs at the Regional Secretariat for Social Integration, assured: “This week we will deal with issues such as sexual and reproductive rights, myths about sexuality, myths about romantic love, prevention of sexual and gender-related violence and; contraceptive methods. This week, celebrated in the countries of South America, actions are being developed to promote the reduction of child and adolescent pregnanciesinstitutionally we seek to prevent early pregnancy because this leads to dynamics that reflect inequalities and inequities and perpetuate gender-based violence’.
The Regional Secretariat for Social Integration, through the sub-directorate for youth, works in an articulated way with institutions, communities and citizens to continue spreading the importance of expressing and guaranteeing sexual and reproductive rights for girls, boys, adolescents and young people.
Likewise, within the framework of the Early Prevention of Motherhood and Fatherhood Project, In the first quarter of 2022, 13,936 girls, boys, adolescents, youth and their families participated in awareness-raising, education and information sessions on sexual and reproductive rights. Also during the same period, 2,531 adolescents and young people, thanks to the management and holding of seven sexuality fairs, in regional educational institutions and public and private universities, learned and received information about the promotion of human, sexual and reproductive rights.
Likewise, in celebration of Youth Week, the organization developed 7 contests aimed at young people aged 14 to 28 with the main theme of preventing early motherhood and fatherhood using art. In addition, the young people of Bogotá have the Feel your Sexuality listening rooms, opened on May 25 of this year, which fulfill the purpose of strengthening decision-making for safe, aware and pleasurable sexuality.
Andean Week Activities
The Andean Week, which is celebrated in countries such as Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela and Colombia, includes the presence of young people between the ages of 18 and 28 who will participate in six talent competitions such as urban art, dance, literary graphics, graffiti, freestyle, K-pop group, among them stand out the contests on sexuality in letters, comics and meme design, all with the aim of showing that the young men and women of Bogotá have knowledge and creativity in promoting sexual and reproductive rights, prevention of motherhood and early fatherhood through their talents and skills.
The winners of these six Andean Week races will receive economic incentives as follows:
First Place $2,000,000
Second Place $1,700,000
Third place: $1,500,000.
The awards and staging will be fully immersive and are planned to take place across the county in large venues at participating educational institutions.
On Friday, September 23, “Urban Sex” will be held, an activity that will take place in the creative district of the Bronx with the support of the Directorate of Center Management of the Gilberto Álzate Avendaño Foundation and in coordination with the Sub-Directorate of Cultural Facilities of Idartes, which will have the mobile stage for a program that will include the presentation of the rock and hip-hop winners of the Youth Week.
Also, on the same date, young people will enjoy a freestyle battle, under the theme of the prevention of early motherhood and fatherhood and the special presentation of artists from the district hip-hop scene from various places, articulated by the Pactarte Hip Hop work table with the Directorate ” Coexistence and Social Dialogue’ of the Government Secretariat.
From the leadership of the 14 Youth Homes of the District settlements, sexual exhibitions will be developed in educational institutions, in the territories; also talks with experts and citizens, murals for the prevention of early motherhood and fatherhood, a cinema forum, etc.