Young, pregnant & punished: mothers and girls in Sierra Leone

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This investigation will provide context to high maternal mortality rates and focus on the societal challenges pregnant teens face in Sierra Leone, telling the story of what they've lost, who's to blame and why it matters.

  • €14,450 Budget in Euros
  • 2019 Final release date
  • 5 Round winner
  • 1 Location

Young, pregnant & punished: mothers and girls in Sierra Leone

After the Ebola epidemic and decades of institutional neglect - Sierra Leone sits between health and debt crises exacerbated by conditional international loan payments that drive austerity measures. Young girls and pregnant teens are particularly affected by these crises. They face stigma & a forced fast-track to ‘adulthood’. The project will develop both investigative and character-driven narratives, placing emphasis on local collaboration.

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