CHILD MARRIAGE is any formal marriage or informal union where one or both of the parties are under 18 years of age.
Each year, 15 million girls are married before the age of 18.
That is 28 girls every minute.
1 every 2 second.
CHILD MARRIAGE AROUND THE WORLD
Child marriage is a truly global problem that cuts across countries, cultures, religions and ethnicity. Child brides can be found in every region in the world, from the Middle East to Latin America, South Asia to Europe.
Child marriage prevalence is the percentage of women 20-24 years old who were first married or in union before they were 18 years old (UNICEF State of the World’s Children, 2016). It is based on Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS), Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) and other national surveys, and refers to the most recent year available during the period 2008-2014.
Women aged 20 to 24 years old who were married before they were 18
Source: UNICEF, State of the World’s Children, 2016