Girls celebrating the Day of the Girl in El Salvador. These circumstances meant that if a girl became pregnant at 13, for example, she could be forced to marry a man twice her age at the request of her parents or a judge — her consent would not be required, despite the fact that the decision would change her life forever. In , it was revealed that 9 out of 10 girls and adolescents were already in an informal union by the age of 18 - 5 out of 10 had been forced. Child marriage is a deeply harmful practice that we know affects the lives of millions of girls here in El Salvador and we have campaigned long and hard to achieve the outcome announced today.
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Kelly McEvers. Jasmine Garsd. A girl looks away from the body of an assassinated man, who was killed by a gang member in San Salvador. Encarni Pindado for NPR hide caption. In many countries, the decisions teens make at 15 can determine the rest of their lives. But, often, girls don't have much say — parents, culture and tradition decide for them. In a new series, 15Girls , NPR explores the lives of year-old girls who are seeking to take control and change their fate.
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People from El Salvador can be proud about their beaches and the many dramatic attractions in their country. But Salvadoran women are an even greater magnet that attracts single men to visit this wonderful country. Despite being loyal, diligent housewives with responsibilities at home, modern Salvadoran women have of late attained better opportunities to education and career aspirations.
I was feeling lonely back in my hometown because most of my friends had started romantic relationships while I was abroad. We both decided to download Tinder and see what happened. Without the app we may have never met and embarked on this wild, wonderful journey. Thank you for bringing us and so many other couples together around the world.