Thursday, June 25th 2015. BMG: Caribbean countries will unite in Belize City today, to discuss Adolescent Pregnancy in the Caribbean. The discussions, organized under the umbrellas of the United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA, and the Spouses of Heads of State in the Caribbean, are part of the CARICOM Integrated Strategic Framework, aimed at the reduction of teenage pregnancy in the region.
Belize welcomed Jamaican Senator, Sandrea Falcon, who will deliver the Prime Minister’s address on behalf of Jamaican Prime Minister, Portia Simpson Miller.
According to UN statistics, there are 7.3 million births to adolescent girls in the Caribbean; fertility rates are among the highest in Belize, Guyana and Jamaica. Some of the factors that lead to adolescent pregnancy include gender inequality, social exclusion, poverty and marginalization – all factors which will be discussed at today’s Round Table.
The discussions will be held until June 26th.
Photo of Senator Sandrea Falconer is courtesy of the Jamaica Observer
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