In fact, Latin America is the only region in the world where child marriage is increasing rather than decreasing. Raised by a teenage mother in Montevideo, Uruguay, photographer Christian Rodriguez experienced teen pregnancy firsthand when his younger sister also became a teen mom. It motivated him to start Teen Mom Project , now in its fifth year. He hopes these images will raise awareness for teen pregnancy — and empower girls, their families and policymakers to work to reverse this alarming trend.
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As she reminisces, a naked two-year-old streaks into her kitchen. His grandmother whisks him away. She hopes to return, but now her body is changing again. Two-fifths of its new mothers are teenagers, the highest share of any municipality in the country, which in turn has the highest rate of teen motherhood outside Africa. Adults and youngsters mingle in boozy gatherings on the streets. Almost a third of Latin American women can expect to have a baby before reaching the age of That is a higher rate of teen motherhood than in any region except sub-Saharan Africa, which is much poorer. Latin America has an unusually high birth rate among teens, defined as births per 1, women aged , for its overall level of fertility see chart. Latin America is the only region where births among girls younger than 15 have been rising. In Ecuador, the birth rate among unders tripled between and
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The year-old Salvadoran girl is staying at a shelter in Tijuana with her year-old sister, Xiomara — part of an untold number of Central American youths who traveled with a migrant caravan that crossed Mexico and landed in this crime-ridden city in November. But when they arrived in Tijuana, they heard from family back home in El Salvador that their father had crossed the border and ended up deported. With Milagro nearly six months pregnant, the girls are too afraid to cross the border wall topped with concertina wire. They also fear being deported to El Salvador, though their parents are there. The sisters traveled with about two dozen other young people as a kind of subgroup of the caravan, which grew to more than 5, people.
A group of girls from the Amazon region of Peru, the region with the highest teen pregnancy rate, including girls under Latin America is the second region in the world in terms of teen pregnancy, only behind sub-Saharan Africa. Julia Escalante, a Mexican lawyer and Cladem regional coordinator, told IPS that it was the case of Paraguayan girl Mainunbuy not her real name that motivated them to delve deeper into the issue. The girl became pregnant in after she was raped by her stepfather and was not allowed to have an abortion. But that did not happen, and since then similar cases have arisen in that South American country, the last one in November. In addition, of the 7. Forced Child Pregnancy and Motherhood in Latin America and the Caribbean, underscores that according to the laws in this region, all births to girls under the age of 14 are legally the result of rape or statutory rape. Rape is the cause of child pregnancy and forced motherhood in Peru, as in other Latin American countries.