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Child marriage around the world:

Sudan

Child marriage rates
UNICEF 2016 % Married by 15
7%
UNICEF 2016 % Married by 18
33%

* 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: John Robinson | Human Rights Watch

Child marriage rates
UNICEF 2016 % Married by 15
7%
UNICEF 2016 % Married by 18
33%

* 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.

Approximately 1 in 3 girls in Sudan are married before their 18th birthday.

Legal age of marriage

The Personal Status Law of Muslims, 1991, allows the marriage of a girl once she has hit puberty. It also provides that a 10-year-old can be married by their guardian with the permission of a judge.

The Marriage of Non-Muslims Act of 1926 sets the age of marriage at 13 for non-Muslim girls, and 15 for non-Muslim boys.

Initiatives to end child marriage

Sudan has launched the African Union campaign to end child marriage in Africa.

 

Sources
  • UNICEF, State of the World’s Children, 2016