Child marriage around the world:

Lesotho

Child marriage rates
UNICEF 2016 % Married by 15
2%
UNICEF 2016 % Married by 18
19%

* 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
2%
UNICEF 2016 % Married by 18
19%

* 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.

Approximately 1 in 5 girls in Lesotho are married before their 18th birthday.

Legal age of marriage

According to the Marriage Act of 1974, the minimum age of marriage is 21 years old. However, the law allows for girls to marry at 16 and for boys to marry at 18 with the written permission from the Minister.