Educating girls and giving them the tools to shape their own future has an incredible multiplier effect on economic growth. It leads to increased prosperity not just for individuals but for their communities and their societies. It provides returns for decades.
– UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Sierra Leone is one of the countries in Sub-Saharan Africa where teenage pregnancy and child marriage are prime barriers to women’s socioeconomic and political advancement.
34% of all pregnancies in Sierra Leone are Adolescent pregnancies
26% of Girls between the ages of 15 and 19 are already mothers
40% of maternal deaths in Sierra Leone are pregnant Adolescent Girls
13% of Adolescent Girls in Sierra Leone get married by the age of 15
39% of Adolescent Girls in Sierra Leone are married before the age of 18