With the pressing issue of teenage pregnancy at hand, the Safe Motherhood Alliance PNG(SMALL PNG) embarked on the Blooming Teens Project that used art as a vehicle to drive the message of compassion and prevention of teenage pregnancy to everyone in the society.
Today Safe Motherhood Alliance PNG held a press conference for its blooming teen project where 12 belly casts of different young girls were painted by different Papua New Guinean Artists and exhibited in Parliament and other major events to bring out the message of safe motherhood and access to better prenatal and antenatal care.
The message that was on the paintings was about celebrating youth and positivity and depicted the struggles of the 12 brave young girls who came forward with the stories of the stigma and discrimination in their pregnancy.
Although none of the representatives from the National Department Planning and Monitoring were present at the conference, the department has given K100 000 to Safe Motherhood Alliance to continue its work in advocating safe motherhood in Papua New Guinea.
SMALL PNG has plans to involve youths in further art projects to carry out more awareness next year according to its director Catherine Fokes.