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In their Own Words: Girls from Liberia on Sexuality, Pregnancy and Services

In Liberia, poverty, gender inequality, early sexual initiation and sexual violence affect girls’ and young women’s ability to make informed choices on their sexual and reproductive health. The social taboos around discussing sexual matters and a lack of access to information and services make this situation worse. Girls also do not have the self-esteem, confidence and power to make decisions on sexual matters. This can lead to unwanted pregnancies and other negative sexual and reproductive health outcomes.