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Child marriage around the world:
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Child marriage around the world:

Nepal

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 2014 % Married by 15

10

UNICEF 2014 % Married by 18

41

*Child marriage prevalence is the percentage of women 20-24 years old who were married or in union before they were 18 years old (UNICEF State of the World’s Children, 2013)


International Ranking 2012*

20

*According to stats from UNICEF state of the children