Niger has the highest rate of child marriage in the world. Every 3 in 4 girls marry before their 18th birthday. In some areas, the rates are even higher: in the region of Diffa, 89% of girls marry as children.
The link between education and the prevalence of child marriage is particularly evident in Niger: 81% of women aged 20-24 with no education and 63% with only primary education were married or in union at age 18, compared to only 17% of women with secondary education or higher.
If present trends continue, more than 1 million girls born between 2005 and 2010 will be married or in union before they turn 18.
Sources: UNFPA, 2012.
UNICEF 2013 % Married by 15
UNICEF 2013 % 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 (UNICEF State of the World’s Children, 2013)
International Ranking 2012*
*According to stats from UNICEF state of the children