And here is an interesting article about the issues Mary will put focus on while in Mozambique. (The headline however is silly): Mary som seksualvejleder i Afrika - Royale | www.bt.dk
- 40 % of the girls get pregnant as teenagers.
- Half the girls get married before turning 18.
- There is a serious lack of condoms and other forms for prevention.
- Women have on average six children.
- One third of all girls have their sexual debut before turning 15. (15 is used here because that's the age of consent here in DK).
- 20 % of the girls get married before turning 15.
Mozambique however intends to address the issue. The main obstacles here are not religion or politics, but serious poverty. - People simply cannot afford prevention, even if they could obtain it.
As such cases of HIV/AIDS is alarmingly high. - Which again requires medicin, which people cannot afford, even if they could obtain it.....
Which again means that the life expectancy is low and parents might die or be unable to work before the children grow up.
Which again means that girls have to find some sort of way to support themselves. Either by getting married very young (and without any possibillity of more than a very basic education) or prostitution. - And prostitutes are almost dead certain to contract HIV.
But in other parts of Africa (and elsewhere) prevention, abortion and information about family planning is actively discouraged by religious and political organisations.
But also from some aide organisations. Those schools or clinics that inform on family planning or prevention risk loosing support. - All because someone far away in rich countries, where they have full access to medicalcare that is lightyears away from Mozambique, insist on following their political/religious agenda. - Because "what applies in my country, must also apply in a third world country, among people who live on the verge of starvation".