Teen pregnancy: "Don't blame the girl", says UNFPA

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Teen pregnancy

Every year, more than seven million girls in poor countries are giving birth before they turn 18, according to a new report by the UN Population Fund.

UNFPA's flagship report, The State of the World Population 2013, puts a particular emphasis on girls 14 and younger who are at higher risk for maternal death and other health-related problems.

The agency is promoting a new approach to tackle the challenge of adolescent pregnancy, which doesn't just dwell on behaviour change.

Syrian refugee women learn to make Turkish rugs

Women making a carpet

Syrian women living in a refugee camp in Southern Turkey are being taught the techniques of traditional carpet making.

Adiyaman camp hosts 10,000 Syrian refugees fleeing violence in their country.

The UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, says the project was set up by camp management with help and money from the local municipality.

Black, female and poor in America: a triple challenge

Being black and poor in America presents a particular challenge, according to Julia Tripp, a research assistant at the Center for Social Policy (CSP) who also heads up its Constituent Advisory Group of people with a lived experience of poverty.

When you're a black woman, the stakes are higher, she added. The National Women's Law Center says the 2011 U.S. census data shows that the poverty rate for black women was 25.9 per cent.

Ms. Tripp was at the UN in New York mid-October, during an event to mark the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

Producer: Jocelyne Sambira
Production Assistant: Sandra Guy
Duration: 10’00″

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