Despite the recognized benefits of universal programs aimed at young girls there is still a need to raise concerns about vulnerable and disadvantaged groups of women who are simply falling through the cracks.
No matter how we feel about adolescent sexuality, the fact remains: real girls and boys are choosing to, or being forced to, enter into sexual relationships every day. The stories are numerous. We need to listen.
Having a child as a teenager is undeniably difficult, and providing women with the tools to avoid or delay pregnancy until they feel ready is a worthy policy goal. But when adolescent pregnancy is not prevented, how far are we willing to go to help our young mothers?
A recent report in Zimbabwe shows that violence against women has become normalized, so programs that encourage men to shun the use of violence need to be an integral component of every HIV intervention.
In this two-part series, Andrea Lynch looks at the closure of the New York City Department of Education’s “P schools” – educational programs for pregnant and parenting students – and the new ways grassroots groups conceive of teen parenting.
RH Reality Check’s Emily Douglas speaks with Maria Hinojosa about her new documentary on child marriage for NOW on PBS, “Child Brides, Stolen Lives.” Maria Hinojosa, an award-winning journalist and author, has been a senior correspondent at NOW since 2005.
Legislation proposed by Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN) would take concrete steps to prevent child marriage in the countries where girls are most vulnerable by generating political commitment to address child marriage as a human rights abuse.
The website Marry Our Daughter may have been a hoax, but it resonated strongly enough to reveal entrenched cultural attitudes about women and girls.