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LOUD WHISPERS: Living Dangerously

LOUD WHISPERS: Living Dangerously

In the year 2020, during the COVID19 lockdowns, I got a call from an NGO working with young people in Nigeria. Someone had contacted them to draw attention to the plight of a female student in a tertiary institution who was being blackmailed by one of her classmates. She had been manipulated into sending nude […]

Ugandans Cross to Kenya for Female Genital Mutilation

Ugandans Cross to Kenya for Female Genital Mutilation

The government has said Ugandans are crossing to Kenya to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM) as a way to escape tough penalties against the practice in Uganda. FMG, where the genitalia of a woman is cut for non-medical reasons, is prevalent among the Sabiny and the Pokot in Uganda despite having been outlawed in Uganda […]

From Teen Pregnancy To HIV, Malawi’s Youth Radio Shows Tackle Taboos

From Teen Pregnancy To HIV, Malawi’s Youth Radio Shows Tackle Taboos

When Doreen Sakala fell pregnant as a 15-year-old schoolgirl in Malawi, she felt alone and worried about her future – until one day she switched on the radio. She was stunned to hear young people discussing the educational challenges faced by pregnant teenagers in the southeastern African country, where youth-led radio is helping tackle taboos […]

Kenya Creates School for Teen Mothers and Their Babies

Kenya Creates  School for Teen Mothers and Their Babies

Homeless, hungry and pregnant. That was the state of tens of teenage mothers before they were rescued and housed at Nyeri’s Serene Haven in Chaka, Kieni Constituency. On our visit, we find a teenage mothers sitting across each other engaged in chats and giggles, while a baby boy is lying on a mattress playing at […]

Tough Pieces Of Advice Young Teenage Guys Need To Hear

Tough Pieces Of Advice Young Teenage Guys Need To Hear

Pride is at the root of every real problem. Humility is the cure. That can be hard for a teenager to swallow. You’re trying to find your place in the world. You’re not a kid anymore and you want respect, but you’re still subject to the rule of your parents and teachers. You’re prepping for […]

Liberia’s Teenagers Cautioned Against Teenage Pregnancy

Liberia’s Teenagers Cautioned Against Teenage Pregnancy

Reflecting on the topic ‘Teenage Pregnancy and Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD)’, registered mid-wife Oretha Slocum thrilled her audience when she outlined factors responsible for teenage pregnancy in the country. She spoke on Sunday February 26, 2017 at a one day seminar organized by the Switzerland based NGO, Browier Trust Foundation, at the Immanuel Church School […]

Questions Your Teenager Is Too Afraid To Ask You

Questions Your Teenager Is Too Afraid To Ask You

Being a teenager has never been easy, no matter the decade. An adolescent has to navigate hormonal and physical changes, acne, friendships, dating and schoolwork, among other things. But add in the challenges that come from the technology available now in the “teens of the century,” and life can be nerve-wracking and sometimes just scary. […]

What I Want My Son To Know Before He Starts Dating

What I Want My Son To Know Before He Starts Dating

If you thought you could wait until his junior prom to talk to your son about dating and sex, think again. Today’s teens are dating earlier and earlier – some before they’ve actually hit the “teen” mark. According to HealthyChildren.org, boys begin dating, on average, at 13 and a half, with girls diving in a […]

20 Reasons Why Your Teens Get Mad At You

20 Reasons Why Your Teens Get Mad At You

Just when you think your teens are happy with you they start rolling their eyes and serving up a dose of unexpected anger. We can all relate to this, right? Well, as a clinical psychologist who has been working with teens for over two decades, as a mother of a teen and as a friend […]