Child marriage around the world:

Costa Rica

Child marriage rates
UNICEF 2016 % Married by 15
7%
UNICEF 2016 % Married by 18
21%

* References

* Child marriage prevalence is the percentage of women 20-24 years old who were married or in union before they were 18 years old.

* According to UNICEF’s State of the World’s Children 2016.

The girls stand confidently and proudly as they walk out of the training centre.

Child marriage rates
UNICEF 2016 % Married by 15
7%
UNICEF 2016 % Married by 18
21%

* References

* Child marriage prevalence is the percentage of women 20-24 years old who were married or in union before they were 18 years old.

* According to UNICEF’s State of the World’s Children 2016.

21% of girls in Costa Rica are married before the age of 18 [1].

Latest developments

In October 2016, Parliament adopted a new law on “improper relations” (Ley de Relaciones Impropias”), which prohibits civil marriages when a person under the age of 18 is involved. Previously, minors could marry with parental permission. The law came into force in January 2017 [2, 3].

Sources

[1] UNICEF, State of the World’s Children, 2016

[2] Costa Rica Gobierno, Costa Rica fortalece medidas para proteger a las personas menores de edad mediante la Ley de Relaciones Impropias, 19 January 2017.

[3] Daily Mail, Experts hope Costa Rica child marriage ban curbs teen pregnancy, 26 January 2017.