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#Childmothers

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UNFPA
18 Sep 2017
Pages:
169
ISBN:
9789213627181 (PDF)
http://dx.doi.org/10.18356/b2afabd6-en

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Meet 17 girls from five countries who have become mothers while still children. Their captivating stories provide a unique insight into their dreams, challenges and great strength. Their stories are accompanied by beautiful photos taken by acclaimed photographer Pieter ten Hoopen, whose point of departure is the traditional family photo. HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark has written the introduction of the book sharing her keen interest in the lives of women around the world.

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  • A better world for girls and women

    When I visited Burkina Faso in April 2016, I met Kiswendsida. She is a lovely young girl, 15 years old and as any other young teenager, with her whole life in front of her. I also met her daughter, Koudbi, a beautiful, one month old baby. Kiswendsida is one of the young mothers we meet in this book.

  • When girls become mothers

    Every day, thousands of girls who have not yet turned 15 give birth. They move directly from childhood to motherhood – with the responsibility and obligations that this entails.

  • A child and already a bride

    Child marriage and motherhood in childhood are closely related since nine out of ten child mothers are already married. After her wedding, a girl will often be expected to prove her fertility.

  • You don’t cut a girl

    Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a violation of human rights. The painful procedure is most often performed without anaesthetics, and the same knife is used for several girls without sterilisation between cuts. In case of excessive bleeding or infection, the procedure can be fatal. It can also cause chronic pain, for instance when urinating.

  • The birds and the bees

    Adolescents should have comprehensive sexuality education and access to contraception. Research shows that if they have basic information about how their bodies develop; how to conceive children; and how to avoid getting pregnant, their sexual debut will be delayed – and they will adopt safer sexual practices.

  • No one should die giving life

    Girls who get pregnant within two years of their first period – or who are not yet fully developed – are at greater risk of experiencing complications during pregnancy and childbirth. They may also take longer to recognise signs of complications and seek proper care. If they are unmarried, they might delay seeking help because they fear that they will be met with judgmental attitudes.

  • Deprived of all dignity

    Girls who are too physically immature to go through childbirth are at particular risk of experiencing complications during delivery – including having a prolonged, obstructed labour. If the girl does not have access to getting a C-section in time, the birth may leave her with obstetric fistula.

  • A hard-hitting reality

    Research shows that incidences of involuntary sex are more frequent among young adolescents than among older girls and women. In fact, young age is considered a risk factor when it comes to the likelihood of being subjected to violence by an intimate partner.

  • Girls on the run

    Humanitarian emergencies put young girls at an increased risk of unwanted pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections (including HIV), maternal death and illness. Moreover, the risk of sexual and gender-based violence – including rape and forced marriages – also increases.

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  • HRH Crown Princess

    As Her Royal Highness The Crown Princess mentions in the introduction to this book, her participation in a Mother’s Day event in 2009 served to spur her engagement in advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights for women, men and young people. In 2010, this engagement translated into The Crown Princess becoming patron of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund.

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