Cambodian Teenagers – a study in contrast
Cambodia has seen a dramatic rise in teenage girls getting pregnant over the last four years. Yet the contrast between teenage mothers in the countryside, who enter into adulthood while still being children, and young women living in Cambodia’s capital city of Phnom Penh is striking.
A recent report by Save the Children said that young girls having babies has increased by 50% in the north of country. This upsurge is mostly happening in rural areas where girls are rigidly controlled by their parents. Consequently, they don’t feel like they have many choices for their lives, so they drop out of school and get married young. This project was funded by the European Journalism Centre and was published in Elle UK.