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Mexican ladies for marriage


Graciela Garcia, 19, married her high school friend, Jaime, when she was Natasha Pizzey hide caption. A dozen young women sit in a stuffy, gnat-filled room in a community center in Coatecas Altas, part of Mexico's Oaxaca state. At first they're shy.

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But it doesn't take long for them to start talking about the pressures they face to marry at a young age. Child marriage was banned in Mexico inand while rates of child marriage around the world have fallen in recent decades, the numbers in Mexico haven't moved much. According to the U. Women data, 25 percent of Mexican women ages 50 to 54 say they married as children, while 21 percent of women 20 to 24 report "Mexican ladies for marriage" same — a small change over more than a generation.

Many of the women in Coatecas Altas were married before adulthood.

Finishing school is a major challenge for them. The women at the community center are tutors and students, part of a program that helps young women finish primary and secondary school online.

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