Nearly 1 out of 3 girls is married as a child in Senegal. Rates are as high as 68% in the southern region of Kolda but more and more villages are abandoning the practice.
Household wealth is a key driver of the practice: girls from the poorest 20% of families are more than 5 times as likely to be married before 18 as girls from the richest families. This is particularly true in rural areas.
There is a lack of clarity and consistency in legislation related to the age of a child and the minimum age of marriage in Senegal.
While Article 276 of the Family Code consider minors to be any person under the age of 18, Article 111 of the same code permits marriage at the age of 16 years for girls, and 18 years for boys.
* Child marriage prevalence is the percentage of women 20-24 years old who were married or in union before they were 18 years old.