Nearly 1 out of 3 girls is married as a child in Senegal. Rates are as high as 68% in the southern region of Kolda but more and more villages are abandoning the practice.
Household wealth is a key driver of the practice: girls from the poorest 20% of families are more than 5 times as likely to be married before 18 as girls from the richest families. This is particularly true in rural areas.
According to UNFPA, if present trends continue, more than 300,000 girls will be married as children by 2030.
Sources: UNFPA, 2012
UNICEF 2013 % Married by 15
UNICEF 2013 % 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 (UNICEF State of the World’s Children, 2013)