Mexico ranks no. 1 for teen pregnancies among the 34 member countries of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). 6 out of 10 of those conceived around age 14 as a result of either sexual violence or a lack of access to contraceptives. Approximately 31% of adolescents aged between 15 and 19 have had sexual relations, but not responsibly: 56% of those cases resulted in pregnancies. A 2014 survey revealed that 44.5% of partners in that same age group used no contraceptive in their first sexual encounter. In addition, according to the United Nations Population Fund, Latin America is the only region in the world with an ascending trend in teenage pregnancy!
CEDEJO's pregnancy prevention programs help educate youth so that they are better able to manage their sexuality and gives them access to affordable birth control. CEDEJO programs are vital to countering youth pregnancies.
Pregnancy Prevention Program for Teens
CEDEJO offers an Educational Program for Pregnancy Prevention and Sexual Awareness with Gender Perspective to teenagers and young adults in the Lakeside area. The goal is to deliver information on sexual education & help promote pregnancy prevention.
$100,000 MXN (or $5,500 US Dollars) covers 6 months of workshops for up to 100 young adults.
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Original Article by Guadalajara Reporter on October 20, 2019
"Thank you very much to Sylvia Flores who met with many of my Pathways girls today to discuss women's health issues on what should have been her day off. It was the best time to access all these university students though, so Sylvia came and explained things to the girls while we could get them. Thank you Sylvia!"
As we discussed in our last post, CEDEJO is focusing on distribution and education about menstrual cups because menstrual cups have so many more benefits for women than pads or tampons.
CEDEJO's Sylvia Flores has secured funding to be able to visit various communities around the region to distribute donated supplies and to educate women and girls on how to best use the menstrual cups. The program has been met with curiosity and gratefulness from all ages of women.