Rape, ignorance, repression : why early pregnancy is endemic in Guatemala | Linda Forsell and Kjetil Lyche | Global development | The Guardian
Last year, 5,100 girls under 15 became pregnant in #Guatemala. Between 2010 and 2012, the number of 10- to 15-year-olds who gave birth increased by almost 25%. According to the UN population fund (UNFPA), Latin America and the Caribbean is the only region in the world where births to girls under 15 are on the rise. The agency predicts the increase will continue.
Cultural practices, endemic violence and the hold of the Catholic church over decisions on reproductive health make girls in Guatemala easy prey for abuse and vulnerable to early pregnancy.
“It’s rape,” says Dr Carlos Vasquez, head of gynaecology at a hospital in Sayaxché, Petén. “The saddest part is that the guys aren’t 13 or 14 years old, they are 27 or 28 and know what they are doing when they utilise these girls.
#filles #viols #culture_du_viols #gnd (grossesse non désirée)