Child marriage around the world:

Swaziland

Child marriage rates
UNICEF 2016 % Married by 15
1%
UNICEF 2016 % Married by 18
7%

* 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.

Child marriage rates
UNICEF 2016 % Married by 15
1%
UNICEF 2016 % Married by 18
7%

* 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.

7% of girls in Swaziland are married before the age of 18.

Legal age of marriage

The minimum age of marriage in Swaziland is 18 years. However, girls may marry at 16 with parental consent and approval from the Ministry of Justice.

The government recognises civil marriages as well as marriages under traditional and customary law. Under traditional law, marriages are permitted for girls as young as 13.

Latest developments

Swaziland adopted the Children’s Protection and Welfare Act of 2012, which grants any person under 18 the right to refuse any custom/traditional practice that can negatively affect them. The law penalizes parents and guardians who collude with adult men to orchestrate a child marriage. Offenders face prison terms of up to 20 years.

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