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- · The #1 cause of death for girls 15-19 is childbirth. World Health Organization. “Adolescent Pregnancy.” http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs364/en/index.html
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- · 75% of AIDS cases in sub-Saharan Africa—the region hardest hit by the disease—are women and girls. UNAIDS, 2010. Report on the Global Aids Epidemic. http://www.unaids.org/documents/20101123_globalreport_em.pdf
- · 14 million girls under 18 will be married this year; 38 thousand today; 13 girls in the last 30 seconds. UNFPA . Marrying Too Early: End Child Marriage. 2012,6. http://www.unfpa.org/webdav/site/global/shared/documents/publications/2012/MarryingTooYoung.pdf
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