Metsehate Ayenekulu

Metsehate Ayenekulu

Metsehate is a public health and gender expert who leads a program that teaches teenage brides about family planning. Her interest is in adolescent and youth development, with an emphasis on rural girls. She is the daughter of a child bride – her mother was married at age 10. This sparked Metsehate‚Äôs interest in working …

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Support Ethiopia’s Child Brides

A 15-year-old, Aisha*, and her 19-year-old husband, Kidanu*, had a dream to buy a house and maybe more cattle before they had children. In Ethiopia, there is intense social pressure on couples to prove their fertility right after marriage, but they were ready to wait because the world is changing. Resources such as land, pasture …

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