Child marriage around the world:

Trinidad and Tobago

Child marriage rates
UNICEF 2016 % Married by 15
2%
UNICEF 2016 % Married by 18
8%

* 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
2%
UNICEF 2016 % Married by 18
8%

* 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.

8% of girls in Trinidad and Tobago are married before the age of 18 [1].

Legal age of marriage

Four acts regulate the age of marriage in Trinidad and Tobago, leading to a number of inconsistencies:

Latest developments

In January 2017, the Attorney General announced a bill to harmonize the country’s marriage laws and raise the legal minimum age of marriage to 18 years old, without exception. On 18 January 2017 this bill passed through the Senate and will now be debated by members of parliament in the Lower House [2].

In May 2016, child marriage was the subject of heated debate after the Inter-Religious Organisation (IRO) suggested that the country’s marriage laws should not be amended, despite allowing girls as young as 12 to get married.

Sources

[1] UNICEF, State of the World’s Children, 2016

[2] Global Voices, With one more vote, Trinidad and Tobago could ban child marriage, 20 January 2017.