The region will reach the second highest rates in the world in 2030 if the situation is not reversed.
Written by UNICEF
PANAMA, October 11- One in four young women in Latin America and the Caribbean was married for the first time or found themselves in an early union before they turned 18. This rate has stayed the same for the past 25 years. If the observed trend continues, the region will have one of the highest rates of child marriage in the world by 2030, only behind Sub-Saharan Africa, according to the report Profile of child marriage and early unions published today by UNICEF.
Child marriages and early unions represent a violation of human rights, however, it still occurs in the region, especially in the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Honduras and Belize, where the percentage of women aged 20 to 24 who married or found themselves in a union before the age of 18 exceeds 30 percent.
“Early unions or child marriage makes it difficult for young girls to have a life project,” said Bernt Aasen, UNICEF Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean. “We can no longer keep our eyes closed to their lost potential and forgotten rights.”