Child marriage around the world:

Sri Lanka

Child marriage rates
UNICEF 2016 % Married by 15
2%
UNICEF 2016 % Married by 18
12%

* 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: Russell Watkins | Department for International Development

Child marriage rates
UNICEF 2016 % Married by 15
2%
UNICEF 2016 % Married by 18
12%

* 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.

12% of girls in Sri Lanka are married before the age of 18.

Legal age of marriage

The legal age of marriage for civil marriages in Sri Lanka is 18 years old. However, the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (MMDA), which regulates Muslim marriages, does not set a minimum age of marriage.

Regional initiatives

Sri Lanka is a member of the South Asian Initiative to End Violence Against Children (SAIEVAC), which adopted a regional action plan to end child marriage. The regional action plan is to be implemented in 2015 – 2018. Find out more.

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