Join the Wilson Center This Wednesday for “Underage: Addressing Reproductive Health and HIV in Married Adolescents”

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By: Katie Millar, Technical Writer, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

A new wave of attention and research is now focused on one of the world’s most vulnerable populations: adolescents. In the developing world, there are 70 million girls under the age of 18 who are married. Most of these girls are incredibly vulnerable —likely taken out of school, pregnant or already parents — they are at increased risk for gender-based violence and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV. Despite knowing these risks, there is much to be discovered about what adolescents face and how we can better provide for their health and other needs.

On Wednesday, July 30, experts will gather in Washington, DC at The Wilson Center to discuss current research and programming with married adolescent girls in the developing world. Representatives from USAID’s Office of HIV/AIDS, International Center for Research on Women, CARE, and Pathfinder International will discuss their work from Bangladesh, Ethiopia, West Africa, and other low-resource settings.

Join the meeting in person, via live webcast, or twitter on July 30 from 3 to 5 p.m. EDT. To RSVP to the meeting, view the webcast, access more resources on reproductive health and HIV in married adolescents and view the speaker list, visit the event page.