|In this section, I consider that African cities young girls' fate is
not to be envied, for 3 reasons.
a) The burden of ancient traditions that specially hang over African women, as though they
were denied the right to live a modern life in their countries, contrary to their African
and wold males counterparts.
b) They have the same problems as every young girl their age, faced with modern life
difficulties, regarding self autonomy brought about by training an employment.
c) Moreover, the problem of poverty and utter social destitution of those women who are
rejected when there are no longer familial and social solidarity, cause them to live
themselves. Young women who want to share their experiences and sentiments on this
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married mothers, and forced marriages, early pregnancy- Loneliness.
We are witnessing nowadays a proliferation of
early pregnancies of young girls in our cities. This situation is a serious handicap, a
single mother being hardly able to continue her own education, due to occasional child
breeding by herself. Not to mention that, men are reluctant to marry an unmarried mother
of a child.
Those early pregnancies have many reasons:
- Lack of information and dialogue between generations,and sometimes family deficiencies.
- Ignorance of various contraceptive methods and procedures by young girls, which includes
the age old methods of the fifties (based on pregnancy periods and non intercourse
periods) anti-pregnancy pills, medical counselling. . .
-Parents' very hard social life such as separation, young girls relinquished to their own
Those various causes are often mixed an most of a our young girls fall victims of unwanted
In Africa, dealing with sex matters remains taboo between parents and children. In case of
pregnancies, young girls are left to themselves, sometimes rejected by their disappointed
I was interested in those young girls and I met with destitute families as well as with
less destitute ones.
The poor ones have no means to take care of themselves and embark on various activities to
survive with their children: menials jobs as housewife, small informal shops in best
cases, and worst still, some of them give way to prostitution.
-Ignorance and lack of communication.
However, many of young girls whose parents can help them are prone to early pregnancies,
due to ignorance, lack of communication with parents on sexual matters and a certain
specific relationship with the family background.