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Saving Children from Having Children

For many adolescent girls in countries like Guyana, pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases are significant obstacles to empowerment. The solution lies in changing how young people are educated about sex and ensuring that they have access to contraception.

GEORGETOWN, GUYANA – My country is overwhelmed with teen pregnancies. In 2013, the United Nations Population Fund estimated that Guyana had the second-highest rate of adolescent pregnancy in South America and the Caribbean, with 97 of every 1,000 girls between the ages of 15 and 19 giving birth. Five years later, little has changed.