Child marriage around the world:

Georgia

Child marriage rates
UNICEF 2016 % Married by 15
1%
UNICEF 2016 % Married by 18
14%

* 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.

Child marriage rates
UNICEF 2016 % Married by 15
1%
UNICEF 2016 % Married by 18
14%

* 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.

14% of girls in Georgia are married before their 18th birthday [1].

Child marriage occurs more frequently among religious minorities in the mountainous areas of Adjaria, and ethnic minorities in the region of Kvemo Kartli [2].

Drivers

Early marriage is a nationwide problem in Georgia but the reasons that trigger it are not homogeneous and vary according to religious, ethnic and regional factors.

Legal age of marriage

According to the Georgian Civil Code, the legal minimum age of marriage is 18.

A provision which allowed exceptions for adolescents aged 16 to marry with their parents’ consent was abolished in January 2016. However, they can still marry in “special circumstances” with the consent of a court. This provision is due to be abolished from January 2017.

Sources

[1] UNICEF, State of the World’s Children, 2016

[2] UNFPA, Child marriage in Georgia (overview), 2014