Child marriage in Mexico persists, despite legislative changes

Child marriage may be a thing of the past in many Western countries, but remains a reality for many girls in Mexico. While the law has changed, the practice remains, and one in four girls in Mexico are married before the age of 18. The persistence of this practice continues to have harmful impacts on Mexican girls, something Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage is trying to change.

In this episode, I speak with Elvira Pablo, regional Policy and Member Engagement Officer for Girls Not Brides in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Elvira is an indigenous lawyer from Oaxaca, Mexico. She collaborates with civil society organizations for the defense and promotion of human rights, on topics related to sexual and reproductive health and rights, violence prevention, political participation, and indigenous peoples’ collective rights. She is part of the National Coordinator of Indigenous Women, the National Network of Indigenous Women Lawyers, and the Youth and Children Commission of the Continental Network of Indigenous Women from the Americas.

Child marriage in Mexico persists, despite legislative changes
Meghan Murphy

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Meghan Murphy is a freelance writer and journalist from Vancouver, BC. She has been podcasting and writing about feminism since 2010 and has published work in numerous national and international publications, including The Spectator, UnHerd, Quillette, the CBC, New Statesman, Vice, Al Jazeera, The Globe and Mail, and more. Meghan completed a Masters degree in the department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University in 2012 and is now exiled in Mexico with her very photogenic dog.