Being able to advance this state strategy would be unthinkable without the articulating arms of the municipalities, so from here we call on them to address this issue from their public agendas,” said the director of the State Population Council (Coespo), Elizabeth Juárez Cordero, as she heads the state meeting for the care and Prevention of teenage pregnancy from the municipal perspective.
In the presence of municipal authorities, members of civil organizations, students and state public servants, Juárez Cordero, with the representation of the secretary of Government, Carlos Herrera Tello, and in her capacity as coordinator of the State group for the Prevention of pregnancy in adolescents of the state of Michoacán (GEPEA), insisted that children and adolescents need institutional care for their development and well-being.
In this sense, he said that holding this first meeting, with the help of decision makers at the municipal level, is an opportunity to make visible, but above all, to initiate focused and coordinated actions for the care and Prevention of pregnancy in girls and adolescents.
The premise is to recognize, identify and diagnose a reality that immediately affects children and adolescents in the access to and effective exercise of their rights, as well as their free development. In short, it can also mean for a country, a federal entity, a municipality and a community, the insurmountable enclaves of poverty and inequality, among other things.
She said that early pregnancy represents a difficulty in continuing in the education system, in gaining access to higher income, and also hampers the possibility of economic mobility, that is, to stop being poor.
For this reason, he considered that understanding the social and economic repercussions of this phenomenon, in a country where almost half of its population lives in poverty, is and must be an essential issue on the political agendas, including those of the government order closer to the citizenry, the municipalities.
From the government that leads Silvano Aureoles Rabbit, we take seriously the work by those who have the least, this implies a joint effort in which the Federation, states and municipalities, with the accompaniment of the society, directed the economic and human resources to the problems of a social nature, that as adolescent pregnancy, are factors that extend the already large inequality gaps.
After sharing statistical data on this phenomenon in the country and in the state, he acknowledged that since the establishment of GEPEA in September 2016, measures have been implemented to achieve the measures established by the National Strategy for the Prevention of teenage pregnancy (ENAPEA), such as the eradication of pregnancies in girls under the age of 15 and the reduction of pregnancies in adolescents between the ages of 15 and 19 by 2030 to 50 per cent.
He concluded by reiterating the call to the municipal presidents to address this issue from their public agendas, so that together with the state government, better social and institutional environments can be built, allowing them to fully enjoy their childhood and adolescence, build life projects, dream of being big and not forced to be.
For her part, the Secretary of substantive equality and women’s development (Seimujer), Nuria Gabriela Sánchez Abarca, in her capacity as technical secretary of GEPEA, in inaugurating the work of this meeting, assured that the issue of prevention is an obligation of the state, which also has the duty to guarantee adolescents all their rights, including sexual and reproductive rights, “and that is what we are doing through workshops like these,” she said.
He also said that the institutional coordination is the basis to move forward on issues as far-reaching as is teen pregnancy, which is why, from the Seimujer is working on preventive actions of this phenomenon, which affects girls of 11 to 12 years and adolescents aged 15 to 16 years, so it’s transcendental to treat you in a holistic way.
The opening ceremony was also attended by the director of the state DIF system, Rocío Beamonte Romero; the undersecretary of Health, Carlos Ramos Esquivel; the director of Municipal strengthening and development, Gustavo Arias Garduño; and the Executive Secretary of the State System for the comprehensive protection of children and adolescents, Yolanda Equihua Equihua, among others.