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.
6% of girls in Tonga are married before their 18th birthday.
Age of marriage
The Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act permits children to marry before the age of 18 – as early as age 15 – if they have parental permission.
Campaign to end child marriage
The Ministry of Justice launched the “Let Girls be Girls” campaign to end child marriage in May 2017. The campaign calls for, among other things, amending the age of marriage law.
- Human Rights Watch, Time for Tonga to end child marriage, 8 June 2017.
- UNICEF, State of the World’s Children, 2016