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Angola witnesses the second highest early pregnancy rate in sub-Saharan Africa, only next to the Democratic Republic of Congo, said the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

In every 1,000 women aged 15-19 in Angola, at least 163 have given birth said UNFPA humanitarian program officer Luis Samacumbi here on Thursday.

Addressing a teenage pregnancy conference, Samacumbi said that many of the pregnant teenagers were victims of molestation, and the UNFPA aims to put an end to all forms of gender-based violence and harmful practices against women and girls, such as child marriage and early pregnancy.

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Fernanda Ricardo, head of an Angolan civil society organization Rede Mulher, stressed the need to combat all forms of discrimination against women in the country.

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