Shedding Light on Forced Child Pregnancy and Motherhood in Latin America

Jara, Mariela
http://www.ipsnews.net/2019/01/shedding-light-forced-child-pregnancy-motherhood-latin-america/
Date Written:  2019-01-14
Publisher:  Inter Press Service: News Agency
Year First Published:  {53127 Shedding Light on Forced Child Pregnancy and Motherhood in Latin America SHEDDING LIGHT ON FORCED CHILD PREGNANCY AND MOTHERHOOD IN LATIN AMERICA Jara, Mariela http://www.ipsnews.net/2019/01/shedding-light-forced-child-pregnancy-motherhood-latin-america/ Inter Press Service: News Agency Research and campaigns by women's rights advocates are beginning to focus on the problem of Latin American girls who are forced to bear the children of their rapists, with the lifelong implications that entails and without the protection of public policies guaranteeing their human rights. 2019-01-14 2019 2018 ART Article ----- <br> <br> <br>Excerpts: <br> <br>Julia Escalante, a Mexican lawyer and Cladem regional coordinator, told IPS that it was the case of Paraguayan girl Mainunbuy (not her real name) that motivated them to delve deeper into the issue. The girl became pregnant in 2015 after she was raped by her stepfather and was not allowed to have an abortion. <br> <br>Cladem and Equality Now turned to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) in May of that year, which urged the Paraguayan state to protect the Paraguayan girl’s life and rights. But that did not happen, and since then similar cases have arisen in that South American country, the last one in November. <br> <br>"The case of Mainunbuy led us to ask what is happening in other countries of the region. We found a lack of policies to prevent pregnancy and childbearing among children, and to protect the rights of girls," she said. <br> <br> <br>----- CX23256 0 false true false CX23256.htm [0xc0005d55f0 0xc000a1bbc0 0xc0023f7d40] Cx}
Year Published:  2018
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX23256

Research and campaigns by women's rights advocates are beginning to focus on the problem of Latin American girls who are forced to bear the children of their rapists, with the lifelong implications that entails and without the protection of public policies guaranteeing their human rights.

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Julia Escalante, a Mexican lawyer and Cladem regional coordinator, told IPS that it was the case of Paraguayan girl Mainunbuy (not her real name) that motivated them to delve deeper into the issue. The girl became pregnant in 2015 after she was raped by her stepfather and was not allowed to have an abortion.

Cladem and Equality Now turned to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) in May of that year, which urged the Paraguayan state to protect the Paraguayan girl’s life and rights. But that did not happen, and since then similar cases have arisen in that South American country, the last one in November.

"The case of Mainunbuy led us to ask what is happening in other countries of the region. We found a lack of policies to prevent pregnancy and childbearing among children, and to protect the rights of girls," she said.


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