According to a Ministry of Women and Vulnerable Populations (MIMP) analysis, in Peru four girls under the age of 15 become mothers each day.
Minister of Women and Vulnerable Populations, Marcela Huaita, noted that throughout 2015 a total of 1,538 attended National registry of Identification and Civil Status to declare the births of their children.
As reported by _El Comercio_, “We can not hide that there is an exercise of violence. Any pregnancy of a child under 15 years is violence,” said Huaita. “You cannot allow that such little girls can consent to have sex because they are not prepared biologically, intellectually or psychologically. It is the duty of the family and society to protect them.”
The Ministry of Health (MINSA) further supports MIMPs argument. MINSA claims that last year alone health facilities facilitated 1,040 for girls under the age of 15.
According to a Family Health Demographic Poll, in 2015, 193,000 or 13.6% of adolescents are already mothers or are pregnant for the first time.
Proportionally, as vulnerability increases, so does the rate of pregnancy among adolescent girls: for those that only finished primary school, one in three was pregnant; for the most girls living in the most impoverished conditions, one in four; the same goes for those from jungle regions, while one in five girls from rural areas were pregnant.
The problem isn’t isolated to rural areas.
Huaita said that Lima has an abundance of adolescent pregnancies, with San Juan de Lurigancho recoding the highest rate.
According to United Nations Populations Fund (UNFPA) estimate, based off 10 years of demographic and family health surveys, in the jungle one in five women have sexual intercourse for the first time before their fifteenth birthday; one of 15 women live in union or marriage, and one in 30 becomes a mother before 15 years old.
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