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Bolivia

Child marriage rates
UNICEF 2017 % Married by 15
2%
UNICEF 2017 % Married by 18
19%

* 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 (UNICEF State of the World’s Children, 2017)

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Child marriage rates
UNICEF 2017 % Married by 15
2%
UNICEF 2017 % Married by 18
19%

* 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 (UNICEF State of the World’s Children, 2017)

What's the child marriage rate? How big of an issue is child marriage?

19% of girls in Bolivia are married before their 18th birthday and 2% are married before the age of 15.

Are there country-specific drivers of child marriage in this country?

Child marriage is driven by gender inequality and the belief that women and girls are somehow inferior to men and boys.

There is very limited information on child marriage in Bolivia.

What has this country committed to?

Bolivia has committed to eliminate child, early and forced marriage by 2030 in line with target 5.3 of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Bolivia co-sponsored the 2013 and 2014 UN General Assembly resolutions on child, early and forced marriage, and the 2013 Human Rights Council resolution on child, early and forced marriage.

Bolivia ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1990, which sets a minimum age of marriage of 18, and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in 1990, which obligates states to ensure free and full consent to marriage.

During its 2015 review, the CEDAW Committee raised concerns about challenges in implementing the minimum age of marriage for girls and a lack of awareness-raising, especially in indigenous languages, about principles of equality between women and men in marriage.

What is the minimum legal framework around marriage?

Under the Family Code 1988 the minimum age of marriage for girls is 14 years and 16 years for boys. However the minimum age may be waived by a judge, and with the consent of parents.

Source

UNICEF, State of the World’s Children, 2017,(accessed February 2018)

UN CEDAW, Concluding observations on the combined fifth and sixth periodic reports of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, 2015, p.13, (accessed May 2018)

United Nations, Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform, [website], 2017, (accessed February 2018)

* Child marriage prevalence is the percentage of women 20-24 years old who were married or in union before they were 18 years old (UNICEF State of the World’s Children, 2017)