Some impregnate each other while they are dating. And that is rampant here, and most of the early marriages are caused by that. When they impregnate each other, then they get married. Young people marry each other because of dating.
− Key Informant, Malawi
Here in the project area, pre-marital sexual relationships among the tribal population in identified
couples are socially accepted. But the couple starts a sexual relationship at an adolescent age,
between 15-17 years, without proper knowledge of SRH and its related services, which is a problem
to be addressed in the project. And further, in most families, it is commonly thought that marriage
is a permanent solution for achieving girls’ safety.
− Programme Implementer, India
Teenage pregnancy [is] associated with readiness for marriage. Girls who fall pregnant are forced
into marriage with the man responsible for the pregnancy even if they are not ready or it’s against
− Programme Implementer, Uganda
Most girls, as young as 13 years, engage in prostitution with older men who frequent drinking
places in trading centres. Girls engage in the practice mainly to meet basic needs. As evening
approaches, one starts to notice long queues of girls around lodges or drinking places waiting for
male customers. In such processes, girls find themselves pregnant, and some are forced into child
− Programme Implementer, Malawi
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