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“But there is terrible under-reporting of sexual abuse,” she adds.
But teen pregnancy does not necessarily fit a specific stereotype and is certainly not only a rural phenomenon.
“I have been here for two years, and I can only recall two cases where young girls came to ask for contraceptives,” she said.
“In some cases girls as young as 15 are forced to get married if they become pregnant,” she said. “Women have to ask their husbands or partners for permission in order to use contraceptives.” She adds that health personnel themselves sometimes represent an obstacle.
At 3,500 meters (about 11,500 feet) above sea level, the morning air in this Western range of the Andes is crisp. Now, she lives with her brother and his family and combines working in the field with caring for her infant daughter who still hasn’t been given a name.UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, is supporting the Ministry in establishing a nationwide network of reproductive health and information services designated especially for adolescents and young people.