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Child marriage

This entry provides data on the prevalence of child marriage in a country.  Data includes the percentage of women aged 20 to 24 years who were first married or in union before age 15, and before age 18; and men aged 20 to 24 years who were first married or in union before age 18.  Most girls who marry early drop out of school and often have early, high-risk pregnancies.  Child brides are also at risk of abuse, exploitation, and separation from relatives and friends.

  • Afghanistan

    women married by age 15: 4.2% (2017)

    women married by age 18: 28.3% (2017 est.)

  • Albania

    women married by age 15: 1.4% (2018)

    women married by age 18: 11.8% (2018)

    men married by age 18: 1.2% (2018 est.)

  • Algeria

    women married by age 15: 0% (2019)

    women married by age 18: 3.8% (2019 est.)

  • Angola

    women married by age 15: 7.9% (2016)

    women married by age 18: 30.3% (2016)

    men married by age 18: 6% (2016 est.)

  • Armenia

    women married by age 15: 0% (2016)

    women married by age 18: 5.3% (2016)

    men married by age 18: 0.4% (2016 est.)

  • Bangladesh

    women married by age 15: 15.5% (2019)

    women married by age 18: 51.4% (2019 est.)

  • Belarus

    women married by age 15: 0.1% (2019)

    women married by age 18: 4.7% (2019)

    men married by age 18: 1.6% (2019 est.)

  • Belize

    women married by age 15: 6.3% (2016)

    women married by age 18: 33.5% (2016)

    men married by age 18: 22.2% (2016 est.)

  • Benin

    women married by age 15: 9.4% (2018)

    women married by age 18: 30.6% (2018)

    men married by age 18: 4.8% (2018 est.)

  • Bolivia

    women married by age 15: 3.4% (2016)

    women married by age 18: 19.7% (2016)

    men married by age 18: 5.2% (2016 est.)

  • Burma

    women married by age 15: 1.9% (2016)

    women married by age 18: 16% (2016)

    men married by age 18: 5% (2016 est.)

  • Burundi

    women married by age 15: 2.8% (2017)

    women married by age 18: 19% (2017)

    men married by age 18: 1.4% (2017 est.)

  • Cameroon

    women married by age 15: 10.7% (2018)

    women married by age 18: 29.8% (2018)

    men married by age 18: 2.9% (2018 est.)

  • Central African Republic

    women married by age 15: 25.8% (2019)

    women married by age 18: 61% (2019)

    men married by age 18: 17.1% (2019 est.)

  • Chad

    women married by age 15: 24.2% (2019)

    women married by age 18: 60.6% (2019)

    men married by age 18: 8.1% (2019 est.)

  • Congo, Democratic Republic of the

    women married by age 15: 0% (2017)

    women married by age 18: 0.1% (2017)

    men married by age 18: 0% (2017 est.)

  • Congo, Republic of the

    women married by age 15: 8.4% (2018)

    women married by age 18: 29.1% (2018)

    men married by age 18: 5.6% (2018 est.)

  • Costa Rica

    women married by age 15: 2% (2018)

    women married by age 18: 17.1% (2018 est.)

  • Cote d'Ivoire

    women married by age 15: 7% (2016)

    women married by age 18: 27% (2016)

    men married by age 18: 3.5% (2016 est.)

  • Cuba

    women married by age 15: 4.8% (2019)

    women married by age 18: 29.4% (2019)

    men married by age 18: 5.9% (2019 est.)

  • Ecuador

    women married by age 15: 3.8% (2018)

    women married by age 18: 22.2% (2018 est.)

  • Ethiopia

    women married by age 15: 14.1% (2016)

    women married by age 18: 40.3% (2016)

    men married by age 18: 5% (2016 est.)

  • Finland

    women married by age 18: 0% (2017 est.)

  • Gambia, The

    women married by age 15: 7.5% (2018)

    women married by age 18: 25.7% (2018)

    men married by age 18: 0.2% (2020 est.)

  • Gaza Strip

    women married by age 15: 0.7% (2020) Includes both the Gaza Strip and the West Bank

    women married by age 18: 13.4% (2020 est.) Includes both the Gaza Strip and the West Bank

  • Georgia

    women married by age 15: 0.3% (2018)

    women married by age 18: 13.9% (2018)

    men married by age 18: 0.5% (2018 est.)

  • Ghana

    women married by age 15: 5% (2018)

    women married by age 18: 19.3% (2018)

    men married by age 18: 3.9% (2018 est.)

  • Guinea

    women married by age 15: 17% (2018)

    women married by age 18: 46.5% (2018)

    men married by age 18: 1.9% (2018 est.)

  • Guinea-Bissau

    women married by age 15: 8.1% (2019)

    women married by age 18: 25.7% (2019)

    men married by age 18: 2.2% (2019 est.)

  • Haiti

    women married by age 15: 2.1% (2017)

    women married by age 18: 14.9% (2017)

    men married by age 18: 1.6% (2017 est.)

  • India

    women married by age 15: 6.8% (2016)

    women married by age 18: 27.3% (2016)

    men married by age 18: 4.2% (2016 est.)

  • Indonesia

    women married by age 15: 2% (2017)

    women married by age 18: 16.3% (2017 est.)

  • Iraq

    women married by age 15: 7.2% (2018)

    women married by age 18: 27.9% (2018 est.)

  • Jordan

    women married by age 15: 1.5% (2018)

    women married by age 18: 9.7% (2018)

    men married by age 18: 0.1% (2018 est.)

  • Kiribati

    women married by age 15: 2.4% (2019)

    women married by age 18: 18.4% (2019)

    men married by age 18: 8.6% (2019 est.)

  • Kyrgyzstan

    women married by age 15: 0.3% (2018)

    women married by age 18: 12.9% (2018 est.)

  • Laos

    women married by age 15: 7.1% (2017)

    women married by age 18: 32.7% (2017)

    men married by age 18: 10.8% (2017 est.)

  • Lebanon

    women married by age 15: 1.4% (2016)

    women married by age 18: 6% (2016 est.)

  • Lesotho

    women married by age 15: 1% (2018)

    women married by age 18: 16.4% (2018)

    men married by age 18: 1.9% (2018 est.)

  • Liberia

    men married by age 18: 8.4% (2020 est.)

  • Lithuania

    women married by age 18: 0% (2019 est.)

  • Madagascar

    women married by age 15: 12.7% (2018)

    women married by age 18: 40.3% (2018)

    men married by age 18: 11.8% (2018 est.)

  • Maldives

    women married by age 15: 0% (2017)

    women married by age 18: 2.2% (2017)

    men married by age 18: 2.2% (2017 est.)

  • Mali

    women married by age 15: 15.9% (2018)

    women married by age 18: 53.7% (2018)

    men married by age 18: 2.1% (2018 est.)

  • Mexico

    women married by age 15: 3.6% (2018)

    women married by age 18: 20.7% (2018 est.)

  • Mongolia

    women married by age 15: 0.9% (2018)

    women married by age 18: 12% (2018)

    men married by age 18: 2.1% (2018 est.)

  • Montenegro

    women married by age 15: 1.9% (2018)

    women married by age 18: 5.8% (2018)

    men married by age 18: 3.2% (2018 est.)

  • Morocco

    women married by age 15: 0.5% (2018)

    women married by age 18: 13.7% (2018 est.)

  • Nepal

    women married by age 15: 7.9% (2019)

    women married by age 18: 32.8% (2019)

    men married by age 18: 9% (2019 est.)

  • Nigeria

    women married by age 15: 15.7% (2018)

    women married by age 18: 43.4% (2018)

    men married by age 18: 3.2% (2018 est.)

  • North Macedonia

    women married by age 15: 0.3% (2019)

    women married by age 18: 7.5% (2019 est.)

  • Pakistan

    women married by age 15: 3.6% (2018)

    women married by age 18: 18.3% (2018)

    men married by age 18: 4.7% (2018 est.)

  • Papua New Guinea

    women married by age 15: 8% (2018)

    women married by age 18: 27.3% (2018)

    men married by age 18: 3.7% (2018 est.)

  • Paraguay

    women married by age 15: 3.6% (2016)

    women married by age 18: 21.6% (2016 est.)

  • Peru

    women married by age 15: 2.5% (2018)

    women married by age 18: 17.4% (2018 est.)

  • Philippines

    women married by age 15: 2.2% (2017)

    women married by age 18: 16.5% (2017 est.)

  • Samoa

    women married by age 15: 0.9% (2020)

    women married by age 18: 7.4% (2020)

    men married by age 18: 2% (2020 est.)

  • Sao Tome and Principe

    women married by age 15: 5.4% (2019)

    women married by age 18: 28% (2019)

    men married by age 18: 3.1% (2019 est.)

  • Senegal

    women married by age 15: 8.8% (2019)

    women married by age 18: 30.5% (2019)

    men married by age 18: 0.7% (2019 est.)

  • Serbia

    women married by age 15: 1.2% (2019)

    women married by age 18: 5.5% (2019 est.)

  • Sierra Leone

    women married by age 15: 8.6% (2019)

    women married by age 18: 29.6% (2019)

    men married by age 18: 4.1% (2019 est.)

  • Singapore

    women married by age 15: 0% (2020)

    women married by age 18: 0.1% (2020 est.)

  • Somalia

    women married by age 15: 16.8% (2020)

    women married by age 18: 35.5% (2020)

    men married by age 18: 5.6% (2020 est.)

  • South Africa

    women married by age 15: 0.9% (2016)

    women married by age 18: 3.6% (2016)

    men married by age 18: 0.6% (2016 est.)

  • Sri Lanka

    women married by age 15: 0.9% (2016)

    women married by age 18: 9.8% (2016 est.)

  • Suriname

    women married by age 15: 8.8% (2018)

    women married by age 18: 36% (2018)

    men married by age 18: 19.6% (2018 est.)

  • Tajikistan

    women married by age 15: 0.1% (2017)

    women married by age 18: 8.7% (2017 est.)

  • Tanzania

    women married by age 15: 5.2% (2016)

    women married by age 18: 30.5% (2016)

    men married by age 18: 3.9% (2016 est.)

  • Thailand

    women married by age 15: 3% (2019)

    women married by age 18: 20.2% (2019)

    men married by age 18: 9.8% (2019 est.)

  • Timor-Leste

    women married by age 15: 2.6% (2016)

    women married by age 18: 14.9% (2016)

    men married by age 18: 1.2% (2016 est.)

  • Togo

    women married by age 15: 6.4% (2017)

    women married by age 18: 24.8% (2017)

    men married by age 18: 2.6% (2017 est.)

  • Tonga

    women married by age 15: 0.4% (2019)

    women married by age 18: 10.1% (2019)

    men married by age 18: 2.8% (2019 est.)

  • Tunisia

    women married by age 15: 0% (2018)

    women married by age 18: 1.5% (2018)

    men married by age 18: 0% (2018 est.)

  • Turkey

    women married by age 15: 2% (2018)

    women married by age 18: 14.7% (2018 est.)

  • Turkmenistan

    women married by age 15: 0.2% (2019)

    women married by age 18: 6.1% (2019 est.)

  • Uganda

    women married by age 15: 7.3% (2016)

    women married by age 18: 34% (2016)

    men married by age 18: 5.5% (2016 est.)

  • United Kingdom

    women married by age 18: 0.1% (2020 est.)

  • West Bank

    women married by age 15: 0.7% (2020) Includes both the Gaza Strip and the West Bank

    women married by age 18: 13.4% (2020 est.) Includes both the Gaza Strip and the West Bank

  • Zambia

    women married by age 15: 5.2% (2018)

    women married by age 18: 29% (2018)

    men married by age 18: 2.8% (2018 est.)

  • Zimbabwe

    women married by age 15: 5.4% (2019)

    women married by age 18: 33.7% (2019)

    men married by age 18: 1.9% (2019 est.)