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Reproduction: Abortion: Tanzania
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Adolescent girls' sexual activity, early pregnancy, and induced abortions have become major concerns in Sub-Saharan Africa. They are commonly seen as victims and easy prey for older men's sexual exploitation. Research on adolescent girls in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania reveals that they are not only victims but also willing participants who engage in high-risk sexual behavior in order to receive material benefits. They rarely use contraceptives, partly through ignorance and partly because the right …

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Silberschmidt, Margrethe and Rasch, Vibeke, “Reproduction: Abortion: Tanzania”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 06 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0187d>
First published online: 2009

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