The right to choose

I was walking around a job fair that a community had put on for us to see. Youth were showing us their skills and small businesses in electronics repair, baking, sewing, and hairdressing. This young mother sat to the side with a bundle in her arms. I asked to take a peek and found this gorgeous wee man. His mother is 17 years old. Adolescent pregnancy is extremely common in Nicaragua, and I met many others who became mothers at age 15 or 16. There are so many risks (to the mother, to the child, to the community) that are associated with adolescent pregnancy. And so many barriers to reducing the rate. It starts with giving a woman knowledge and therefore power over her body, her choices and her rights. It also starts with support and love, for this wee boy is the future.