Child marriage in Nicaragua: cultural roots And girl centred solutions
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.
TAGS: Report Nicaragua Latin America and the Caribbean Health Empowering girls Health services Child protection Providing services