Child marriage around the world:

El Salvador

Child marriage rates
UNICEF 2016 % Married by 15
5%
UNICEF 2016 % Married by 18
25%

* 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.

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Child marriage rates
UNICEF 2016 % Married by 15
5%
UNICEF 2016 % Married by 18
25%

* 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.

25% of girls in El Salvador are married before the age of 18 [1].

Legal age of marriage

The legal age of marriage is 18 years old in El Salvador. The Family Code does, however, allow exceptions in case of pregnancy. Article 14 states that minors below the age of 18 can get married if they have a child together or if the woman is pregnant. [2]

Sources

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

[2] Parliamentarians for Global Action, Legislative forum “Sharing experiences and best practices in Latin America and the Caribbean to prevent and end child marriage and early unions”, 5 July 2017.