Breaking the cycle of poverty and early childbirth among Roma in Bosnia

  • Published on: 30/10/2013
  • Like many other Roma women in South-Eastern Europe, Arnela and Sabrina gave birth before turning 18. The two young mothers from Visoko in Bosnia and Herzegovina are sisters-in-law, and they share the experience of having seen their dreams shattered by getting pregnant too early in life.

    But there is a way to break the cycle of poverty and early pregnancy. A recent survey shows that Roma girls with secondary education are dramatically less likely to have their first child as an adolescent.