The girls stand confidently and proudly as they walk out of the training centre.
Child marriage rates
UNICEF 2016 % Married by 15
UNICEF 2016 % 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.
* 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.
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.
Members In Swaziland
- UNICEF, State of the World’s Children, 2016