17 Stories about Being a Mother While Still a Child

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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.



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.


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