Teenage Pregnancy Becomes An Epidemic
By Mel Fabrikant Saturday, August 31, 2013, 01:50 PM EDT
South African girls facing the “sugar daddy” phenomenon are at great risk
Senior Education Specialist Madge Dube argues that an epidemic is facing young girls in South Africa. That epidemic is teen pregnancy and what media calls “the sugar daddy” phenomenon.
According to UNICEF reports, South Africa is experiencing the largest teen pregnancy rate in all of Africa, despite its low child marriage rate as compared to other African countries. Dube believes this because of the growing “sugar daddy” phenomenon befalling students as young as 10. The “sugar daddy” phenomenon, where much older men prey on younger girls, is helping to significantly leave young girls uneducated, alone and pregnant. She describes the issue in her new book, “Deeply Wounded.”
“I wanted to make the young generation was aware of the social changes we are experiencing in my country, such as the degeneration of the family structure, the effects of unemployment and poverty and teen marriages and pregnancies,” says Dube.
“Deeply Wounded” follows a family in South Africa as they deal with their young daughter’s pregnancy. The family dynamic is tumultuous. A commentary on teen pregnancy, child marriages, unstable economies and family bonds, Dube has written an important book on the current issues that affect not only South Africa but also many modern-day countries. Geared toward teaching a younger generation the downfalls of child marriage and teen pregnancy, Dube’s hope is to create some social change to foster growth for a prosperous future generation.
Dube wants to influence and improve family communication. “Parents are very busy, but it starts at home,” she says. Without proper sex education in schools and conversations at home, Dube believes men will continue to take advantage of girls and the problem of teen pregnancies will rise even higher.
By Madge P. Dube
Paperback: £11.95 / $16.42
Available at www.amazon.com
About the author
Madge Phindi Dube was born in Newcastle, South Africa during Apartheid era. She is the fourth born of the family of nine and her parents were very much loving and caring. Her interest in writing was influenced by reading her father's books. She now lives in Durban where she enjoys basking in the sun and going to the beach with her sisters. She likes taking pictures along the beach and marveling at nature.