Sexual and reproductive health needs of married adolescent girls
This paper collates available evidence on the situation of married adolescent girls and also sheds light on ways their sexual and reproductive health situation and choices differ from adult women. Findings strongly argue for measures that delay marriage and recognise the special vulnerabilities of married adolescent females. There is a need to raise awareness among girls, parents, teachers and community leaders, but more importantly, there is also a need to hold the government accountable for enforcing the legal age of marriage for girls. Further programmes to enhance married girls’ autonomy within their marital homes and those that encourage education and generate livelihood opportunities need to be simultaneously developed.
Santhya, K.G. and Shireen J. Jejeebhoy. 2003. "Sexual and reproductive health needs of married adolescent girls," Economic and Political Weekly 38(41): 4370–4377.