Programs to address child marriage: Framing the problem (Brief no. 14)


  Child marriage violates girls’ human rights and adversely affects their health and well-being. While age at marriage is increasing in most regions of the developing world, early marriage persists for large populations. Worldwide, it is estimated that more than one out of three women aged 20–24 were married before age 18, and one out of seven were married before age 15 (Population Council analysis of 2006 DHS data). There is great variation in child marriage practices across and within regions and between ethnic and religious groups. The highest proportions of child brides are typically found in West Africa and South Asia (Extract).


Sajeda Amin, The Population Council



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