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Teenage Pregnancy is Way of Life in Remote Laotian Villages

SAVANNAKHET, Lao People’s Democratic Republic — Kids grow up fast in some remote villages in southern Laos. With limited options to attend school, many opt to marry at age 14 or 15, or even younger, and start having…

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“First School, Then Marriage and Babies”

VISOKO, Bosnia and Herzegovina — Like many other Roma women in South-Eastern Europe, Arnela and Sabrina gave birth before they turned 18. The two young mothers are sisters-in-law, and they share the experience of having…

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Breaking the Wall of Silence, Women and Girls in Morocco Open Up about Adolescent Pregnancy

RABAT, Morocco – Najat’s voice trembled with emotion as she recounted her story. “I met a man when I was 16 years old. He was eight years older than me. I eventually became pregnant and my family did not accept it,” she…

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Using Social Media to Empower Madagascar’s Youth

ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar — On the island nation of Madagascar, more than half of the population is under 20 years old and over one in three girls becomes pregnant before her 18th birthday. But talking about sex remains…

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New York and Chicago Ad Campaigns Spur Debate and Controversy in Push to Prevent Adolescent Pregnancy

The cities of New York and Chicago both launched controversial teen pregnancy prevention campaigns in 2013. Featuring different attention-grabbing images and slogans, the ads have spurred a heated debate about how best…

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UNFPA Launches Advocacy Platform for Post-2015 Development Framework

As the target date for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) approaches, UNFPA has launched an advocacy platform for the subsequent post-2015 development framework, Empowering People to Ensure a Sustainable…

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Graduating Health Pioneers in the World’s Youngest Country

JUBA, South Sudan – The Juba College of Nursing and Midwifery recently graduated its first class of nurses and midwives. The inaugural group of 17 midwives and 13 nurses is the first to earn diplomas that meet the…

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International Conference to Boost Efforts to End Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting

The Government of Italy, UNFPA and UNICEF are organizing an International Conference on Female Genital Mutilation and Cutting (FGM/C) in Rome from 21-25 October, 2013. The conference aims to consolidate global political…

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Too Young to Wed: Indian Girls Say No to Child Marriage

<p>RAJASTHAN, India – Laali Bairwa, 15, isn't sure just yet what she wants to be when she grows up. But she, like her classmates in a rural part of Jaipur in the Indian state of Rajasthan, is certain she…

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