State of Denial: Adolescent Reproductive Rights in Zimbabwe
06.01.02 - State of Denial: Adolescent Reproductive Rights in Zimbabwe documents the human rights violations that occur in Zimbabwe when legal, policy and social barriers inhibit adolescents' ability to protect themselves against unwanted pregnancy and STIs, including HIV/AIDS. In Zimbabwe, up to 26% of 15-24 year old women are infected with HIV/AIDS and 40% of female adolescents are already mothers by the time they are 19 years old.
Written by the Center for Reproductive Rights and the Child & Law Foundation in Harare, Zimbabwe, the report is based on over 800 interviews with adolescents, parents, government officials, non-governmental organizations and UN agencies. It concludes that young people have a human right to access reproductive health information and services.
Facts of Life for Adolescents in Zimbabwe: