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Improving Support for Delaying Early Childbearing Among Newly Married Adolescent Girls

Each year around the world, almost 13 million girls under the age of 20 give birth, and nearly 1 million of whom are younger than 15. Child marriage is a strong indicator of early birth; 90% of adolescent pregnancies in the developing world are to girls who are already married; and married adolescents are more likely to experience frequent and early pregnancies than their unmarried peers. A number of factors influence married adolescent girls’ ability to delay early childbearing. This qualitative evaluation examines if and how key participants and stakeholders in across communities in Niger and Bangladesh are experiencing change in attitudes and behaviors around delaying early adolescent childbirth stemming from the IMAGINE intervention.

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