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Child mothers

Sammen med FNs Befolkningsfond UNFPA viser Plan lige nu fotoudstillingen #childmothers. Billederne portrætterer 15 af de 2 mio. unge piger, der hvert år bliver mødre, inden de er fyldt 15 år. Udstillingen er gratis og kan ses frem til slutningen af august 2016 uden for Christiansborg i København og på Kvindemuseet i Århus i løbet af sommeren. Fotografierne er taget af den prisbelønnede svensk/hollandske fotograf Pieter ten Hoopen.

Jeg vidste ikke, jeg var gravid

Hvert år bliver mere 2 mio. piger mødre, inden deres 15-års fødselsdag. Og hvert år dør 70.000 piger mellem 10-19 år af komplikationer ved graviditet eller fødsel, fordi deres kroppe ikke er klar til at føde børn. 9 ud af 10 af de helt unge mødre er også blevet giftet bort mod deres vilje. Ægteskab og fødsel betyder, at pigerne ofte er nødt til at afbryde både deres skolegang og barndom. Udstillingen #childmothers sætter fokus på de konsekvenser det har for pigerne, at de bliver mødre, mens de stadig selv er børn. Mød nogle af pigerne herunder.

#childmothers

The #childmothers initiative features compelling stories and portraits of very young mothers from different parts of the world. They are being showcased as part of a travelling exhibition and on www.childmothers.org.

The aim of the initiative is to place the issue of very early motherhood on the global agenda and ensure very young mothers are represented in statistics and supported in strategies and programmes.

Mulenga*, 14 – Zambia

Mulenga* at home with her baby daughter

“I had no idea how you get pregnant. I didn’t even know I was pregnant. We didn’t learn about those things at school. I was afraid of the delivery. I thought I might die.

“I don’t like being a mother, but I like my child. I worry about the future and who will buy her things like soap and clothes.”

Zainab*, 15 – Jordan

Zainab* with her children

“I used to go to school in my country (Syria), but we left because of the situation there. Now we live in a camp.

“I’d like to use contraception… I haven’t done it yet. I’ve heard that some of them have side effects.

“My life now is about my children. I don’t want to go back to school. I have a responsibility to take care of my children, my husband and my home. That’s it.”

Lumilene*, 15 – Haiti

Lumilene*, lives with her daughter Clairina* in a camp for internally displaced people

“I wanted to get rid of the baby but my mom didn’t agree.

“After more than 24 hours in labour, I finally gave birth. It took time for me to heal. I couldn’t walk and my whole body ached.

“I'm not the only one in school who is a mother. Unfortunately, most young girls here have parents that are very poor… some of the girls trade sex for money.

“Violence isn’t unusual, I have friends who've been abused. Here, it's hard for a girl to say no.”

Ana*, 15 - Colombia

Ana*, 15, and her daughter Karen*, 4 months

“I met this boy in school. Since I got pregnant we don’t have any contact. He doesn’t see this as his responsibility.

“When I was 8 months pregnant, I got very high blood pressure. A doctor performed a pelvic exam and decided to induce labour.

“I am back in school again… it's hard to study and be a mother at the same time.

“After what happened to me, I decided that I wanted to live alone – just with my daughter.”

Kiswendsida* – Burkina Faso

Kiswendsida* lies next to her sleeping baby daughter

“I got pregnant at 14. I was with a boyfriend. My family reacted badly when they found out and now I don't see him anymore.

“When I was pregnant I continued going to school. One week after I gave birth I was back in school again. I didn't want to abandon my studies.

“In the future I would like to have more children. I think 26 is a good age.”

Rabeya*, 16 – Bangladesh

Rabeya* holding her daughter Kushum*, 3

“I didn't realise when I got pregnant the first time. I had no knowledge about sexual education or family planning.

“Since I was 13, I have been pregnant 3 times. Kushum is my first daughter and the only one who survived.

“I don’t want to have any more children. I don’t have any more energy. I'm happy with my one child and thankfully my husband agrees.”

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Learn more about Plan International’s work on teenage pregnancy

*Names changed for child protection.

Photos by Pieter ten Hoopen.