By Ndungu Gachane
A lobby group has come to the rescue of girls in the wake of increased teenage pregnancies in Kenya.
The group known as Centre for Women Empowerment in Technology (CWE-tech) visited teenagers from Kahithe village in Kiharu Constituency and sensitized them on issues surrounding sexual reproductive health.
In a program dubbed Kahithe Covid tech for girls, the group led by Dr Judy Makira, the Vice chairperson for Muranga Municipal Board and a lecturer at Embu University, took the teenagers through various topics on adolescence and advised them to keep themselves busy to avoid being lured into anti social behaviours.
Ms Makira who is also the co-founder of Cwe-tech urged the students to utilize their books and technology such as radios and tvs to access education during the break that has been occasioned by the pandemic.
“Idleness breeds evil, we reminded students to utilize their books and technology to access education without forgetting that they still have a duty to help their parents and guardians.
On her part Ms Eunice Owino, Cwe- tech co founder,who was the guest speaker shared with the teenagers the current statistics for teenage pregnancies in Kenya and advised them to keep the right company as well as staying focused for them to attain their desired goals.
“Teens must be focused on their dreams and shun behaviours that could be detrimental to their sexual health,” she said.
Ms Janet Ogendo a member of the group’s board and a youth enthusiastic, pleaded with the girls to always speak out whenever they have pressing issues so that they may get assistance from their seniors.
She also shared ways with which they could stay safe during the Covid-19 pandemic.
After the counselling session, the teens drawn from standard six to form four from various schools were issued with sanitary towels, masks, soaps, pens and other personal items.
Cwe- tech was formed in 2017 by Ms Makira and Ms Owino with a mission of promoting and strengthening the capacity of women and girls through access and use of ICT in provision of research, training, information and support activities in the field of education social and economic empowerment, leadership and women’s network building.
The group hopes to bridge the gap on women and technology to build an equal world through provision and access of technological tools to accelerate innovative solutions to economic activities.
Other than offering the sensitization programs to teenagers the lobby group last year launched a one home one goat program in Kasipul Kabondo of Homa Bay County to empower women groups.
They have also organized a mega talent search in Kahuro Muranga giving the young turks a space and an opportunity to showcase their talents.