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“..Sometimes things happen unexpectedly.”
According to a survey conducted in 2015, 5.3% of females (14-19) reported they were pregnant at some point during the 15 months prior to the poll. This number indicates that from 2013-2015, approximately 1,408,833 million teenage pregnancies occurred in South Africa.
Now, to put the number in context, if this total number of females who experienced teenage pregnancy in South Africa were living only in Cape Town, that would be about 37% of the cities total population ( 3,740, 025 million in 2011). Two out of five people in the entire city would be young enough to attend or graduate from primary school and would be carrying at a baby at the same time.
Females make up 51.1% of Cape Towns population at 1,907,412 million people,. With 12% of Cape Town females from ages 15-19 reporting teenage pregnancy in 2011, this means that 228,889 young women had children. This number does not include teenagers from ages 13-14.
While 5.3% of a country the size of South Africa does not immediately appear drastic or alarming, the subsequent issues that result from this number, are. When faced with feeding, clothing, housing and providing for a child, a South African young woman’s education may take an immediate hit in order to generate a constant income. Without a significant income, chronic poverty may become a possibility.
Though some may point toward teenage pregnancy as a failure in society, in all actuality the failure lies in societies slow adoption of sexual education. In addition, the shame and stigma that revolve around teenage pregnancy from religious groups, family as well as schools can directly harm a young woman’s outlook on her pregnancy. Young mothers often raise their children without any aid from the father and turn to their nuclear as well as extended family for support.
With this episode, Street Talk is hoping to encourage young women to step outside of the boundaries of teenage pregnancy by addressing the difficulties of motherhood, providing an opportunity for community support and providing space for the vocalization of each woman’s dream.
“I am a very very very hurt black person by this institution. I came to UCT in 2012, almost 5 years, and nothing has changed in this university despite the demands of Rhodes Must Fall up until today. Nothing has changed. Even me, sitting like this and talking to you, I might get suspended again by the university. So black pain, that’s my reason for being here.” -Lindiwe Dlamini
On Wednesday, October 5th hundreds of students, university workers and emphatic supporters of the #FeesMustFall2016 movement gathered on the University of Cape Town campus in a vibrantly cohesive, buzzing collective of individuals demonstrating their need for fundamental policy changes. This is is a conversation between six of the protesters present at the demonstration.
Wed, 5 Oct 2016 7:30pm 7:30 pm, Sat, 8 Oct 2016 7:30pm 7:30 pm
“In 2010 I was sexually assaulted by an employer I travelled with…..when this happened, I didn’t know how I was going to tell my husband…it took 2 years….but I felt I needed to speak to my boys about this, so they can understand what it does to a woman. I had to teach and train my boys”
To many, rape is perceived to take place in dark corners, to intoxicated women wearing short skirts – women who are asking for it, and yet, this is only one an array of ways in which sexual assault occurs. According to statistics, incidence of rape in the work place stands at 11%. In this episode, a survivor speaks about her experience, we find out about how this affected her family as a mother of three sons, and her marriage.
Thu, 13 Oct 2016 7:00pm 7:00 pm
Young women riff on teenage pregnancy and the difficulty they have on getting guys to use condoms.