Teen pregnancy rises while sex education remains poor
Southeast Asia has seen a concerning rise in teen pregnancy in some countries while others are slow to decline in number, ac- cording to Unicef. Cambodia is host to the highest rates of early pregnancies, with 5.6% of women aged 15 to 19 giving birth, according to the international organisation. Thailand and Indonesia follow closely behind. Complications during pregnancy and childbirth are the second-leading cause of death for this population. Child marriages and early unions are significant contributing factors to these high rates, with traditions and cultural norms propelling this more often than the desire of teen brides. Poor understand- ing of sex, sexuality and gender equality often inhibit these women from informed and intentional family planning – an issue that governments should rectify through thorough sex and human rights education, according to the international organisation.