Williams October 30, 2013, 1:31 p.m. The global incidence of girls under 18 giving birth has declined steadily for decades, but with 7.3 million children born to teenage mothers each year, the costs to their health and society remain staggering, according to a U.N. population study released Wednesday. In the State of World Population 2013 , the world body observes that 95% of the teens giving birth each year live in the developing world, where access to birth control and protections against early marriage and sexual violence are weakest. Early pregnancy brings great risk to the health and welfare of teenage girls, the report asserts. It also deprives a national economy of the benefits of better educated young women who enter the workforce instead of staying home to rear children, the report said.
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Pregnancy Discrimination ‘Must Be Tackled’
“The principles of non-discrimination were established decades ago and should be accepted as an essential part of the business environment. “Since the economic downturn began, pregnant women and new mothers have faced an increasingly difficult time in the workplace. “Unfair and unlawful treatment of new mothers is widespread and action is urgently needed. “Pregnancy discrimination imposes major costs on new families at a time when they are least able to handle additional financial stress.” Employment lawyer Kiran Daurka, of Slater & Gordon, said: “We are delighted to hear that the EHRC is to undertake some very important and much needed work around maternity discrimination.
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