The girls stand confidently and proudly as they walk out of the training centre.
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 (UNICEF State of the World’s Children, 2016)
11% of girls in Eastern Europe and Central Asia are married before the age of 18.
Due to limited or outdated data in many countries, however, the scope of child marriage is not fully known. Child marriage rates vary widely in the region, from 12% in Moldova and 11% in Azerbaijan to 14% in Georgia and 3% in Serbia.
Child marriage in the region is driven by the persistence of gender inequality, long periods of social and economic upheavals, rising poverty, and, in some places, violent conflict.
- UNICEF, State of the World’s Children 2016: A fair chance for every child. Table 9: Child protection, 2016.
- UNFPA, Child marriage in Eastern Europe and Central Asia: regional overview, 2014