In Sierra Leone, teenage pregnancy is one of the more pervasive problems affecting the health, social, economic and political progress and empowerment of women and girls. Under the leadership of the President Ernest Bai Koroma, a multi-sectoral committee was set up, involving key Ministries as well as key stakeholders (UN agencies, NGOs, civil society), to develop a comprehensive strategy that has been recently presented in an event with the participation of Ministers, as well as of the country representatives of several UN agencies.
In view of demonstrating the mobilization of the whole Nation for the reduction of teenage pregnancy, it was decided to complement this official launching ceremony with a workshop of traditional and religious leaders. This conference, organized under the authority of the First Lady, Madam Sia Nyama Koroma, allowed leaders to collectively develop recommendations and express commitments towards the reduction of teenage pregnancy in their own communities.
• United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)