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In 65 96 70 92 74 89 their husbands and France United States Japan Philippines ered legal property of Mexico women are consid- Indonesia 0 Source: The Allan Guttmacher Institute. widows can even be “inherited” along with other property. Having babies … • Approximately 1 out of every 10 births worldwide is to an adolescent mother – about 13 million infants each year. • Adolescent mothers (but not teenage fathers) are often obliged to leave school. • Children born to an adolescent mother are more likely to die within their first month of life compared to those whose mothers are older.

In later adolescence, girls, navigate the shoals of adolescence will because of the loss of iron during menstruation, are generally more anaemic than boys. • be a crucial element in how well all According to an analysis of 39 country studies, 27% of adolescents in developing countries were anaemic, compared to 6% in industrialized countries. In of humanity weathers the challenges India, 55% of adolescent girls were anaemic; in Guatemala, 48%; in Nepal, 42%; and in Cameroon, 32%. ” – Carol Bellamy In females, anaemia can increase the risk of miscarriage, stillbirth, premature birth, low birthweight, perinatal mortality and maternal mortality.

More than half of these adolescents are under the age of 15. Where are the girls? Many girls are at home helping with household chores and caring for younger siblings or working for others as domestic workers. As many as 90% of child domestic workers – the largest group of child workers in the world – are girls, the majority between 12 and 17 years old. Adolescent domestic workers may be the most vulnerable and exploited children of all: • They are deprived of schooling and social activity, as well as emotional support from friends and family.

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