The girls stand confidently and proudly as they walk out of the training centre.
Child marriage rates
* 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.
An estimated 26% of girls are married before the age of 18 in Panama, and approximately 7% before the age of 15 .
Legal age of marriage
The minimum legal age for marriage in Panama is 18 years, as is the age of consent. In 2015, the government removed provisions permitting an earlier age of marriage with parental permission; previously girls aged 14 years and boys aged 16 years could marry.
Panama has a “close-in-age” exemption, which prevents the prosecution of underage couple who engage in consensual sex when both participants are significantly close in age to each other, and one or both are below the age of consent.
 UNICEF, State of the World’s Children, 2016.