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, 7% of girls in Tajikistan are married by their 18th birthday.
In Uzbekistan, child marriage is more prevalent in rural areas, and is more closely linked to maintaining traditions than to economic status, level of education, or other social attributes.
Legal age of marriage
According to the Family Code, the legal minimum age of marriage is 18 for men and 17 for women.
In exceptional circumstances, the mayor of a district or town has the right to allow marriage for adolescents who are 17 years old.
- UNICEF, State of the World’s Children, 2016
- UNFPA, Child marriage in Uzbekistan (overview), 2014