Kirehe district mayor, Gerald Muzungu, on Wednesday revealed that from July 2016 to June this year, there were 994 under-age pregnancies recorded in the district.
The mayor was speaking at the launch of nationwide campaign on good governance and family promotion in Kirehe.
According Muzungu, “among the 994, 21 were under the age of twenty-one, whereas the rest were between sixteen and nineteen years of age.”
However, he mentioned that 100 among these pregnancies were recorded from Mahama refugee camp.
The mayor outlined measures set to stop the increasing teenage pregnancies in his district, citing firm legal actions against the culprits among others.
This follows a spate of similar pregnancies reported in the western province, where more than 2000 teenage pregnancies were documented in a period of three months.
Minister of Gender and Family Promotion, Espérance Nyirasafari, said that “By November and December 2016, Rwanda prosecution had filed 411 cases of sexual violence to courts. Among them, 371 were won by prosecution, making 84% rate of cases won.”
As Rwanda joined the world in celebration of world girl child, UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem, called for global attention to girl child concerns especially during disasters and conflicts.
“They and their families, struggling to survive, are left with few choices, leaving girls even more vulnerable to child marriage, sexual and gender-based violence, including trafficking, rape and sexual slavery,” she said in a statement.