UNICEF: 26 Percent of Brazilian Adolescents Marry Before Age Eighteen

A report produced by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) found that 26 percent of Brazilian adolescents married or moved in with their partners before reaching the age of 18.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The figure is close to the average in Latin America of 25 percent of child marriages and early unions. The Child Marriage and Early Union Profile report were published this week.

The region's average has been the same for the past 25 years.

Should it persist, by 2030 Latin America will have the second-highest child marriage rate in the world, behind only sub-Saharan Africa, a region comprising countries such as Rwanda, Burundi, the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The report alerts that the practice compromises the development of these . . .

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