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.
According to UNICEF, approximately 1 in 10 girls in Tajikistan are married before their 18th birthday.
Child marriage in Tajikistan is primarily linked to social factors, such as the lack of importance placed on girls’ education, as well as poverty and religious misinterpretation.
During the civil war (1992-1997), many girls were forced to marry because their parents saw marriage as a form of protection against rape and as a way to safeguard the family’s reputation.
Legal age of marriage
Following changes to the Family Code in July 2010, the legal minimum age of marriage is now 18 years old.
However, adolescents can marry at the age of 17 with the special authorisation of a court.
Members In Tajikistan
- UNICEF, State of the World’s Children, 2016
- UNFPA, Child marriage in Tajikistan (overview), 2014