Facts About Women in Central America

From the Central American Women’s Fund/Fondo Centroamericano de Mujeres

  • 73% of the population is under 30 years old in Nicaragua
  • In Guatemala, since 2001 more than 2200 women have been killed
  • 50% of all women in Nicaragua have had at least one pregnancy by the time they reach age nineteen
  • In El Salvador, of an estimated 21,500 young women, 95% of whom are between the ages of 14-19, work as domestic employees.
  • In 2007, 115 women died as a consequence of complications in pregnancy in Nicaragua.
  • In Belize, 44% of the population is under 18
  • In Honduras, data from the National Survery of Epidemiology and Family Health shows that 66% of women between the ages of 14-24 have never received sex education.
  • In Nicaragua, the average number of children per mother is 3.3
  • In a survey taken between 2000-2006 in Honduras, only 24% of women used a condom during their most recent sexual encounter.
  • In 2007, more than 200,000 Nicaraguans emigrated to Costa Rica.
  • During 2008, 16 women were murdered in the first three months in Nicaragua.

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