Charting the Future
Empowering Girls to Prevent Early Pregnancy
This report provides a situational analysis of adolescent pregnancy. It notes that in developing countries it is the leading cause of death for adolescent girls, affecting in general the poorest girls in the poorest countries. In this report, the authors discuss the policy solutions that should be adopted in addressing the issue. In sum, helping girls see themselves as more than potential mothers - and helping communities to do the same - is key to reducing adolescent pregnancy. Addressing educational and cultural barriers that limit girls' options is a vital longer-term strategy.
© 2012 Overseas Development Institute (ODI)
Elizabeth Presler-Marshall, Nicola Jones
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