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This report is part of a larger study designed to shed light on the experiences of adolescent girls and young women in Vanuatu, Chuuk State and Tonga who face unplanned pregnancy and motherhood. The study also investigated traditional and contemporary knowledge and practices of fertility limitation, from the viewpoints of older women.

Rates of unplanned adolescent pregnancy are high in many Pacific Islands countries. Issues facing adolescent girls with regard to sexual and reproductive health are implicated in social, cultural and economic
development, and in human rights imperatives in the region. Young women in the Pacific navigate sexual and reproductive decision-making in increasingly complex social and cultural contexts. Understanding
the realities of unplanned pregnancy in Vanuatu requires attention to the lived experiences and perspectives of the young women and girls themselves.

Read the FULL Report.