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Childmothers
2018

Every year, an estimated two million girls give birth before they turn 15.
Young girls face the greatest risk of complications from pregnancy and childbirth - yet they are often invisible in statistics and excluded from development interventions.


It is estimated that 2 million girls under the age of 15 give birth every year, but reliable data on very young mothers is scarce, incomplete or non-existent in many countries. The reproductive age is often considered to be 15-49 years, making young mothers under the age of 15 invisible in national and global statistics. . Yet, they face great risks related to pregnancy and childbirth. Young mothers are also often excluded or beyond the reach of health, education and development institutions, since they are often in forced marriages, preventing them from attending school and/or accessing sexual and reproductive health services. We want to make the invisible visible by giving these girls a voice.

In partnership with Plan International and UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund), Pieter Ten Hoppen visited Bangladesh, Zambia, Burkina Faso, Jordan, Colombia and Haiti.

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