Multiple award winning Producer and actress, Stephanie Linus-Okereke, has vowed to provide teenage girls with the right education and information about sexual and reproductive health to help them prevent getting impregnated early in life.
She said this in Lagos during her unveiling ceremony as the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Regional Ambassador for Maternal Health in West and Central Africa Region by the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole.
Okereke-Linus said that as the newly appointed ambassador on maternal health, she would ensure that teenage girls got the right information to reduce the risk of abortion and other sexual and reproductive health problems that occur among teenagers.
She promised to work closely with the UNFPA and come up with suggestions that would help the agency to achieve its goals in terms of improved sexual and reproductive health in women and girls.
The actress said: “I am going to leverage in some of the partnerships that I have and see how we can work together to improve the lives of women and girls. It is going to be a collaborative effort.
“My focus is to ensure that girls are well equipped in terms of education and information,“ Linus-Okereke said.
“The world is moving very fast, and we are living in a technology-driven society and so information is passing every second.
“We need to meet it at its space; gone are those days when we can get information in one central area. Now, information is coming from different areas.
“We have to make sure we hit it right on time, so as to give that child the right information to prepare her for the world she is going to face later on.“