Women - League Table

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Teen births

The experience of adolescent girls traditionally has been measured by examining rates of pregnancy. But focusing exclusively on reproductive health ignores other profound changes taking place during this crucial stage of life. However, in the absence of country-level statistics about the diverse forces that shape the lives of teenagers, reproductive health remains one of the only tools available to compare adolescent girls around the world.

WHAT THE TABLE RANKS:
Births per 1,000 females age 15-19
(World average: 65)

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SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA MIDDLE EAST & NORTH AFRICA CENTRAL ASIA EAST/ SOUTH
ASIA & PACIFIC
AMERICAS EUROPE
1 Mauritius 45 1 Tunisia 18 1 Azerbaijan 19 1 Japan 4 1 Canada 24 1 Switzerland 4
2 Burundi 54 2 Israel 19 2 Turkmenistan 20 1 Korea, Rep. 4 2 Chile 49 2 Netherlands 7
2 Rwanda 54 3 Algeria 24 3 Kazakhstan 32 3 China 5 3 Trinidad/ Tobago 51 3 France 8
4 South Africa 70 4 Lebanon 26 4 Tajikistan 33 3 Korea, Dem. 5 4 Haiti 53 3 Italy 8
5 Botswana 83 5 Morocco 28 5 Uzbekistan 35 5 Singapore 8 5 Peru 57 5 Belgium 9
6 Lesotho 88 6 Kuwait 31 6 Kyrgyzstan 40 6 Cambodia 15 6 United States 60 5 Denmark 9
7 Kenya 101 7 Turkey 43 7 Armenia 41 7 Sri Lanka 20 6 Uruguay 60 7 Spain 10
8 Namibia 104 8 Jordan 44 8 Georgia 46 8 Australia 22 8 Argentina 64 7 Sweden 10
9 Zimbabwe 114 8 Syria 44 Regional average 59 9 Papua New Guinea 24 9 Cuba 65 9 Finland 11
10 Ghana 115 10 Iraq 45 9 Afghanistan 152 10 Malaysia 26 Regional average 68 10 Germany 13
11 Togo 119 11 Sudan 52       11 Myanmar 31 10 Mexico 69 11 Ireland 14
12 Mauritania 122 Regional average 56       12 New Zealand 32 11 Brazil 71 12 Norway 16
13 Mozambique 124 12 Egypt 62       13 Viet Nam 33 11 Ecuador 71 13 Greece 18
13 Tanzania 124 13 U. Arab Emirates 73       14 Mongolia 39 13 Colombia 74 14 Austria 21
15 Eritrea 128 14 Iran 77       15 Philippines 40 14 Paraguay 76 15 Lithuania 22
16 Côte d'Ivoire 131 15 Yemen 101       16 Lao Rep. 50 15 Bolivia 79 15 Portugal 22
17 Zambia 132 16 Libya 102       Regional average 56 16 Panama 81 17 Belarus 24
18 Benin 133 17 Saudi Arabia 114       17 Indonesia 58 17 Dominican Rep. 88 18 Poland 25
19 Central African Rep. 134 18 Oman 122       18 Thailand 70 17 Jamaica 88 Regional average 25
20 Congo 136             19 Bhutan 84 19 Costa Rica 89 19 Estonia 27
21 Nigeria 138             20 Nepal 89 20 El Salvador 92 19 Slovenia 27
22 Cameroon 140             20 Pakistan 89 21 Venezuela 98 21 Bosnia/ Herzegovina 29
23 Madagascar 142             22 India 109 22 Guatemala 111 21 Hungary 29
23 Senegal 142             23 Bangladesh 115 23 Honduras 113 23 Latvia 30
Regional average 143                   24 Nicaragua 133 24 Albania 31
25 Gambia 153                         24 Croatia 31
26 Burkina Faso 157                         24 United Kingdom 31
27 Malawi 159                         27 Moldova, Rep. 32
28 Ethiopia 168                         28 Czech Rep. 35
29 Chad 173                         28 Slovakia 35
30 Gabon 175                         30 Ukraine 36
31 Uganda 179                         31 Yugoslavia 38
32 Guinea- Bissau 180                         32 Russian Fed. 39
33 Mali 181                         33 TFYR Macedonia* 40
34 Sierra Leone 201                         34 Romania 43
35 Congo, Dem. Rep. 206                         35 Bulgaria 57
35 Liberia 206                              
35 Niger 206                              
38 Somalia 208                              
39 Angola 212                              
40 Guinea 229                              

* The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, subsequently referred to as TFYR Macedonia.

Source: UN Population Division, Dept. of Economic and Social Information and Policy Analysis, World Population Prospects: The 1996 Revision. New York, 1997.

Moving to the cities

Chart:UNICEF/Moving to the cities

The largest generation in history will soon be the most urbanized. Moving to the city may mean:
  • Growing exposure to risks -- alcohol and drugs, violence, risky sexual practices, HIV/AIDS.
  • Loss of culture and isolation from extended family.
  • Improved access to better schools, youth friendly health services (if subsidized).
  • More employment opportunities.
  • Falling birth rates (over time).

 

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