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Child marriage in Nicaragua: cultural roots And girl centred solutions

Author: Rosa Bransky, Alexandra Bennett-Clemmow, Josephine Pearse & Cecily Long Year: 2017

This report presents findings from an in depth qualitative study of child marriage in Nicaragua. It highlights that:

  • Child marriage is a largely hidden problem in Nicaragua, due to the informal nature of unions and the language that is used to describe child marriage.
  • Gender norms are the primary drivers.
  • Teenagers have very little knowledge of, or access to contraception, which leads to teenage pregnancy which is also a driver of early marriage.

The report concludes by recommending the provision of safe spaces and comprehensive sexual education for girls, and funding access to contraception.

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