In the Dominican Republic, doctors often clash with education and religion over the use of contraceptives, contributing to the country's high number of pregnant teenagers.
Three Pulitzer Center-supported journalists make Women Deliver's list of favorite journalists who deliver for women and children.
Welcome to the Philippines, home to philandering politicians, millions of “illegitimate” children, and marital laws that make Italy look liberal.
In the mountainous regions of the Dominican Republic teen pregnancy is everywhere and mothers’ partners are commonly older.
In Indonesia, while public opinion and the law take a consistently rigid stance against abortion, Islam offers a much more pragmatic approach.
As it stands, tens of thousands in the Philippines are stuck in difficult or dysfunctional marriages, torn between the teachings of their faith and a humiliating legal limbo.
"We are losing a lot of our women, who could support our economy, who are our mothers and sisters, you know, for no reason."
In Kenya, improving sexual health education and providing girls and women with control over their own fertility are crucial in preventing maternal deaths.
The sight of young mothers in Busia is not uncommon. Poverty and rape account for the high number of unintended pregnancies in the region.
Most women in Niger marry at the onset of puberty and are expected to continue having as many children as their bodies will allow until they reach menopause.
Victims of domestic violence, mental and physical abuse, and child marriage have a sanctuary in the only shelter of its kind in Niger, a country of 17 million.
The challenges of population growth, environmental degradation, food security, and even violent extremism can be traced back to issues with girls’ health, education and human rights.