The girls stand confidently and proudly as they walk out of the training centre.
Child marriage rates
UNICEF 2016 % Married by 15
UNICEF 2016 % Married by 18
* 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 .
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].
 UNICEF, State of the World’s Children, 2016
 Costa Rica Gobierno, Costa Rica fortalece medidas para proteger a las personas menores de edad mediante la Ley de Relaciones Impropias, 19 January 2017.
 Daily Mail, Experts hope Costa Rica child marriage ban curbs teen pregnancy, 26 January 2017.