Child marriage around the world:

Child marriage around the world:


As is often the case elsewhere, child marriage is more common in rural areas than urban areas, and rates are particularly high in the hilly and mountainous regions. In certain ethnic groups, the rate of marriage before 15 can reach 83.1%[i]. Castes also play a role, as lower caste girls are generally under greater pressure than higher caste girls to marry while still at school[ii].

[i] Status of Women and Early Age at Marriage in Nepal: Population and Development Journal. Ministry of Population and Environment: July 1999

UNICEF 2015 % Married by 15
UNICEF 2015 % Married by 18

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

International Ranking 2012*


*According to stats from UNICEF state of the children