Child marriage around the world:

Nicaragua

Child marriage rates
UNICEF 2016 % Married by 15
10%
UNICEF 2016 % Married by 18
41%
International Ranking*

15

* 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
10%
UNICEF 2016 % Married by 18
41%
International Ranking*

15

* 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.

In Nicaragua, on average two out of every five girls will be married before their 18th birthday.

Drivers

Child marriage in Nicaragua is caused by poverty, discriminatory gender norms and a lack of educational opportunity for girls.

69% of women with no education are married before they reach 18, in comparison to 25% of women with secondary or higher education.

Child marriage in Nicaragua is more common in rural areas. Girls in rural areas are 1.5 times more likely to be married before age 18 than girls living in urban areas.

Legal age

Since 2010, the legal age for marriage in Nicaragua has been 18 years for girls and 21 years for boys.

Nevertheless, marriages can occur at 14 years for girls and 15 years for boys with parental consent.

Sources
  • Anti-Slavery International, Out of the Shadows: Child Marriage and Slavery, 2013
  • Equality Now, Ending Sex Discrimination in the Law, 2015
  • UNFPA, Child Marriage Country Profile: Nicaragua, 2012
  • UNICEF, State of the World’s Children, 2016