Let’s start with our own Ese Oruru, the 14 year old who was abducted from Bayelsa state and married off without her parents consent, Ese gave birth to a baby girl on the 26th of May 2016.
Every year, an estimated 2 million girls give birth before they turn 15, according to the UN. Early motherhood disproportionately affects girls in rural, poor areas with low levels of education.
Having a child underage affects every part of a girl’s life and future. It often means dropping out of school, cutting short girls’ educational and career opportunities.
It also means heightened health risks for both young moms and their babies. Every year, an estimated 70,000 girls aged 10 to 19 die from complications related to pregnancy and childbirth — and an alarming one million kids born to teen moms don’t make it to their first birthday.
Yet, young mothers are often invisible in national and global statistics, and are often overlooked in development interventions, since the reproductive age of women is often considered to be between 15 and 49 years old, according to Plan International. Read more.