Child marriage in:

East Asia and Pacific

UNICEF 2016 % Married by 15
n/a
UNICEF 2016 % Married by 18
15%

*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)

UNICEF 2016 % Married by 15
n/a
UNICEF 2016 % Married by 18
15%

*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)

15% of girls across East Asia and the Pacific are married before the age of 18.

Prevalence varies across the region, with rates of child marriage as high as 21% in Vanuatu and to 11% in Vietnam. Data gaps exist, in particular in the Pacific Islands where child marriage often happens in rural areas under local customs.

Drivers

Causes of child marriage in the region are complex and diverse, from rigid gender and cultural beliefs about the role and value of girls and women, to high poverty rates and a lack of economic opportunities.

Humanitarian emergencies and natural disasters can also cause families to turn to child marriage as a coping mechanism in times of hardship.

Sources