State of the World Population 2013 Launch: Facing the Challenge of Adolescent Pregnancy
Across the world, a disproportionately high pregnancy rate among young girls in rural and impoverished areas has had a profoundly negative effect on their opportunities for education, health, and long-term employment. Nine in ten births among young girls occur within marriage or a union. Girls from ethnic minorities or marginalized groups are at greater risk. In the United Nations Population Fund’s latest State of World Population report, the authors analyze not only the root causes of these inequities, but also solutions.
The report calls for a greater emphasis on building girls’ capacity and freedom to make decisions about their own lives, from reproductive health to careers and family opportunities. This new approach targets the circumstances, conditions, norms, values, and structural forces that perpetuate adolescent pregnancies and isolate and marginalize pregnant girls. What can governments, NGOs, and the private sector do to help create effective initiatives to accomplish these objectives? The key may be in better cross-sectoral collaboration and more collaboration with adolescents themselves.
Join us at the Wilson Center for the launch of State of World Population 2013, with Dianne Stewart, director of the Information and External Relations Division of the United Nations Population Fund; Fagbenle Oluwaseun Oyindamola, leadership and advocacy fellow for Women in Africa; Beverly Johnston, senior policy advisor in USAID’s Office of Population and Reproductive Health; Robert Blum, William H. Gates, Sr. professor and chair of the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; and Heather Boonstra, senior public policy associate at the Guttmacher Institute.
Director of the Information and External Relations Division of the United Nations Population Fund
Leadership and Advocacy for Women in Africa Fellow, Georgetown University Law Center
Senior Policy Advisor, United States Agency for International Development