Liberia and Sierra Leone do not have any explicit national laws banning FGM/C, yet managed to record some of the biggest declines in prevalence among the countries that practice it.
Life expectancy at birth in some countries would increase by a decade or more if we were living in a world without AIDS. Bostwana, proportionally the hardest hit, would see its life expectancy go up by nearly 17 years.
School officials are allowed to expel pregnant girls, and they often do, to prevent the girls being a “bad influence” on others. That means that in most cases, getting married is the only option available to pregnant girls.
In much of Africa, children are named after the circumstances of their birth. As circumstances change, so will the names.
64% of Swazi women say they have had an unplanned pregnancy, rates are higher than 50% in Comoros, South Africa and Lesotho. It’s lowest in Niger (10%) and Guinea (14%).
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