We at BOMA-TT would like to express our sincere gratitude to those who contributed to the Marriage Quiz which appeared in this column for the past three months. That quiz started out as a simple WhatsApp survey and developed a life of its own! Thanks to those who commented and questioned its contents too, as they gave us clarity into the thoughts and feelings of our people about marriage.
A few weeks ago, BOMA-TT was invited to present a poster at the first Caribbean Congress on Adolescent and Youth Health (CCAYH). The following is an excerpt of that poster which we hope would impact on the decisions of policy-makers in the Caribbean:
“This paper reveals evidence that young people are interested in being taught how to avoid early sexual activity by saving sex for marriage. Chastity is the state or practice of refraining from extramarital, or especially from all, sexual intercourse1. Chastity is also a virtue (like courage or honesty)2. The practice of chastity before marriage trains one for faithfulness within marriage which has practical benefits of lower divorce rates and Sexually Transmitted Infection rates2.