Improving the status and health of women is high on the agenda of the Ministry of Health and Population in Egypt. Investing in the lives of women who marry in their teens has long-term benefits for these girls and their children. Valid information is needed, however, to address these girls’ special needs. Adolescent health is currently one of the major concerns of the Ministry of Health and Population, as is delaying early marriage and addressing the reproductive and other health needs of married girls. The Ministry was a fieldwork partner with the Population Council, providing data collection from primary health care physicians throughout the country for the “Adolescent and Social Change” Survey (ASCE) in 1997. This monograph is an in-depth analysis of the ASCE survey data. It portrays the context in which married girls are living, describes their characteristics, marriages, and reproductive practices, and makes them visible for the first time, which is hoped will contribute to improving their situation.
El-Gibaly, Omaima and Susan M. Lee. 2004. "Too Young to Be a Mother: A Description of the Lives of Married Adolescent Girls in Egypt." Cairo: Population Council.