Is this interest in young girls just a matter of token?
We all agree that “safe abortion is a human right”. Nepal also believes that, regardless of age, marital status, caste, ethnicity and other background, every woman should have access to safe abortion services. But the traditional stereotypes stereotypes of social structure contributed to the women’s lack of autonomy and decision-making ability, thus by deprivation, physical and sexual violence, rape, unsafe abortions and other means, to make their life at risk. Unsafe abortions still account for 13-50% of Asian maternal mortality. Young girls bear a great burden.
Much of it can be solved by making young women and girls part of the solution. But shockingly, young girls have also been stripped of political power that has expired. The government of Nepal has insisted on the representation of at least two young people in any commission, whether it be health institutions, community management teams, forestry commissions, etc. In practice, however, young people are either never invited or are not given any role or responsibility.
Sometimes youth is involved just to meet their standards. I recently met a group of girls aged 12 to 19 at a youth – adult partnership seminar in keira. The young girl went to a health service center in Nepal to receive a comprehensive health check. Of the eight young girls, only one girl regularly visits the primary health station for these checks, and because she is a young member of the health agency management committee. In further questioning, I found that she didn’t even know why she was elected to the committee and what her role was.
That means the role assigned to young girls is only symbolic. These members are also easily manipulated to engage in any community activity.
Young girls seeking safe abortion services are still facing some obstacles in their participation. While abortion is legal in Nepal, there is a lot of stigma attached to a young girl seeking an abortion service. A foreign minister in Nepal said the abortion service only applies to married women. When a young unmarried girl goes to the abortion center to get information about abortion, she is seen as a “bad girl”, a person who lacks character.
Because of this stigma, policy makers are not seeing young girls. There are also programmes that lack focus on adolescent girls’ reproductive health. While existing programmes focus on the needs and demands of girls or older women, girls, especially those in adolescence, are neglected.
This stigma also promotes the anti-abortion movement. An expert in Nepal said: “there were no anti-abortion groups when the abortion was legalized in 2000. Anti-abortion groups are on the rise. The young girl was in a state of shooting. Even widespread, the first miscarriage of pregnancy is dangerous. ”
The media and its inaccurate articles are another important barrier for teenagers to accept safe abortion services. MyRepublica published a paper with several questions.
The real problem is that the media is trying to raise interest rates by using “valley high school students” and “young women in college clothes to have abortions every day”. Abortion is legal in Nepal, which means it is legal for everyone. The safe abortion services center is open between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., which is also the time for the school to operate. The service center does not deny the uniform young girl. So what does it matter that young girls are seeking abortions in college/school clothes? Articles like this have a bad effect on young girls, often driving them away from the safe abortion center.
Here’s a picture that I personally don’t like:
Although it is widely believed that only married women to abortion, but because of contraceptive failure, rape, incest, or simply because of the lack of appropriate information and knowledge, so many young girls face unplanned pregnancies. As a result, unsafe abortion cases are increasing and teenage pregnancies are increasing.
People in every young girl and her life () boy friends, relatives, friends and parents should understand the means of family planning, the planning means should be available to all people during child-bearing age, and can afford. Young girls are not only beneficiaries of health services, but also partners.
It’s time to start respecting the young. They are experts on issues affecting people’s age. Their positive thinking and decision-making must be respected. Their participation cannot be stereotyped, their values cannot be ignored, their decisions cannot be ignored, and their health cannot be ignored.