Child marriage Briefing


  
Abstract

Nigeria, particularly northern Nigeria, has some of the highest rates of early marriage in the world. The Child Rights Act, passed in 2003, raised the minimum age of marriage to 18 for girls. However, federal law may be implemented differently at the state level, and to date, only a few of the country’s 36 states have begun developing provisions to execute the law. To further complicate matters, Nigeria has three different legal systems operating simultaneously—civil, customary, and Islamic—and state and federal governments have control only over marriages that take place within the civil system.20 Domestic violence is a widespread problem; some studies report that up to 81 percent of all married women admit experiencing some form of verbal or physical abuse by their husbands. (One study of Demographic and Health Survey data suggests that the lower the age at marriage, the higher the risk of domestic violence (Extract).

Source
http://www.popcouncil.org/pdfs/briefingsheets/NIGERIA_2005.pdf
Author

Population Council, Unicef funded

Country

GLOBAL

Contact Details

Population Council One Dag Hammarskjold Plaza New York, New York 10017 USA; publications@popcouncil.org

Year Of Publication

2005