Child marriage around the world:

Dominican Republic

Child marriage rates
UNICEF 2016 % Married by 15
10%
UNICEF 2016 % Married by 18
37%
International Ranking*

22

* References

* Child marriage prevalence is the percentage of women 20-24 years old who were married or in union before they were 18 years old.

* According to UNICEF’s State of the World’s Children 2016.

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Child marriage rates
UNICEF 2016 % Married by 15
10%
UNICEF 2016 % Married by 18
37%
International Ranking*

22

* References

* Child marriage prevalence is the percentage of women 20-24 years old who were married or in union before they were 18 years old.

* According to UNICEF’s State of the World’s Children 2016.

The Dominican Republic has one of highest rates of child marriage in the world, with 37% of girls married before the age of 18.

Drivers

Poverty is one of the principal drivers of child marriage in the Dominican Republic, where the wealthiest women marry about four years later than the poorest women.

A lack of access to education also increases the risk of child marriage. 75% of women with primary education married before 18, compared to 28% of women with secondary education.

In the Dominican Republic, child marriage increases the likelihood of early pregnancy and has severe health consequences for young girls. Over 40% of women between the ages of 20 to 24 who have 3 or more children were married before 15.

Legal age

The minimum age for marriage in the Dominican Republic is 18 years for both women and men.

However, girls can marry at 15 years and boys can marry at 16 years with parental consent.

Members In Dominican Republic
Sources
  • UNICEF, Ending Child Marriage, Progress and Prospects, 2013
  • UNFPA, Child Marriage Country Profile: Dominican Republic, 2012
  • UNICEF, State of the World’s Children, 2016