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Sexual and reproductive health and rights

pregnant girl with her mother and grandmother outside her home in Nicaragua

"We don’t want to feel ashamed"

Young people are finding their voice and educating their parents and peers on the risks of teen pregnancy.

Four girls talk about reducing the risk of teenage pregnancy through the Girl Power project, in Nicaragua.

Teenage pregnancy: The facts

Every day, 5,500 young girls go directly from childhood to motherhood. Young girls often have very little choice or control over when they become mothers.

Lack of choice in teenage pregnancy is caused by: 
 

Gender stereotypes

and unequal power dynamics in relationships make it very difficult for girls and young women to negotiate the use of contraception with their partners

Cultural norms

often glorify marriage and motherhood in a manner that limits girls and young women’s life choices

Poor sexual health information

and lack of access to sexual health clinics mean young people don't learn about their bodies, reproduction and have limited access to contraception

Child marriage

is a harmful practice driven by social norms. The practice means girls have little to no say when they get married and become mothers

Sexual harassment

and violence against girls in schools and their communities

Low levels of education

increase the likelihood of early motherhood due to limited opportunities to become economically independent and empowered
Sign outside a Plan participation centre reads Aids is real

Living with HIV: Regaining Confidence

Aida from India is a mother of three whose family has been ripped apart by HIV/AIDS.

We were treated like outcasts by our relatives and the community. 

Aida continues to face challenges but with our support, Aida started attending counselling sessions and is gaining self-confidence. Read her story and find out what we're doing to help people who also face stigma in her community. 

Our Work in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

10,000 young peoplein Peru learnt how to protect themselves against teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections

2,600 migrantgirls in Mali learnt how to protect themselves from HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases

2,300 young peoplein Ecuador were educated about the risks of teenage pregnancy

Educating girls

about sexual health and reproductive rights