In Latin America, as in the rest of the world, child marriage disproportionately affects girls. With poverty being one of the factors that also drives child marriage in this region, girls living in poor areas are especially vulnerable to this practice. Human Rights Watch reports that Latin America is the only region with a high rate of child marriage where there has not been a significant decline in child marriage over the past 30 years. Argentina is one of a few countries that do not report data on child marriage to UNICEF. However, according to a recent national census, Argentina has more than 340,000 adolescents aged 14 to 19 years old that are married or cohabiting, of which 230,000 are girls and adolescent women.
Maria Sofia is a human and children rights activist from Argentina who started Ellas Deciden (They decide), an advocacy project to spread awareness about forced child marriage in the country.