Different media outlets reported on 8 and 9 December that Princess Basma Bint Talal, UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador, received the 36th UNFPA report of the State of World Population 2013, entitled “Motherhood in Childhood: Facing the challenge of Adolescent Pregnancy.” During this event, HRH participated in a specialized panel discussion that addressed the impact of early marriage and pregnancy on young girls (15-18 yrs).
Ms. Muna Idris, UNFPA Jordan Assistant Representative, gave a brief presentation of the report which highlighted the main challenges related to adolescent marriage and pregnancy and its serious consequences on girls' education, health, and chances of working for a longer period of time.
During the presentation, Mrs. Idris talked about percentages and cases of early marriages and pregnancies in Jordan, especially between girls aged 15-18 years, and explained some of the general and exceptional reasons for such ratios. Idris also talked about some cases of early marriages among Syrian refugees in Jordan, and the reasons for this trend from the Syrians point of view. Read in English: Jordan Times Read in Arabic: Petra News Agency , Al Rai, Addustour, Eyas-Center