Child marriage around the world:

Mauritania

Child marriage rates
UNICEF 2016 % Married by 15
14%
UNICEF 2016 % Married by 18
34%
International Ranking*

30

* 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.

Photo credit: European Commission DG Echo

Child marriage rates
UNICEF 2016 % Married by 15
14%
UNICEF 2016 % Married by 18
34%
International Ranking*

30

* 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.

34% of girls in Mauritania are married before their 18th birthday, while 14% are married before their 15th birthday.

Minimum age of marriage

The personal status code sets the minimum age of marriage at 18 years. However, since consensual sex outside of marriage is illegal, a legal guardian can ask local authorities to permit a girl younger than 18 to marry.

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