Teenage pregnancy in Mongolia has been on the increase since the 1990s. Teenage mothers are usually living below the poverty line, and are either orphaned, or from single-parent families, or families afflicted by domestic violence. Many girls who become pregnant drop out of school. It is estimated that approximately 50 percent of teenage mothers in Mongolia are uneducated and around 25 percent do not have the skills needed to find work.
The Princess Centre empowers girls and young women who are dealing with complicated social problems through services such as counselling, vocational skills training, support group activities and community events. Princess builds the capacity of its beneficiaries through Princess club activities – a volunteer club of social work students - and addresses policy advocacy through campaigns, lobbying meetings and online activism. Between December 2014 and March 2015 the Princess ran a nationwide campaign called I’m a Flying Girl in the form of a play. It told ten true stories of teenage pregnancy and motherhood, reaching out to more than 2000 teenage girls in two months.
Photos: Namjildorj Bat-Erden/Stars Foundation.