Teenagers and sexuality in Togo ! A survey conducted by the Togolese authorities with the support of UNICEF and the World Bank reveals that more than 1,200 unwanted pregnancies were recorded in the space of six months in the country's public secondary schools between September 2020 and March 2021.
But although Togo has ratified the Maputo Protocol on women's rights and authorises abortion in the case of rape, young girls are still doubly victimised by early pregnancy. From their tormentor and from stigmatisation.
Although most unwanted pregnancies are recorded in the country's public high schools, the fight against this scourge does not seem to be one of the national education system's priorities.
To date, secondary education does not offer sex education courses. Yet young people are not immune: every year, an average of 3,000 cases of early pregnancy are recorded. And UNICEF estimates that almost 10% of 15-24 year olds are sexually active before their 15th birthday and only two out of five girls who have sex with more than one partner use condoms.
To put an end to unwanted pregnancies, it is necessary to break the taboo on sexuality. It is with this in mind that Succes+ is organising, in partnership with the association Jade Pour la Vie, a debate on the topic of "managing my sexuality as a teenager" in order to have an open discussion with young people.