Ready to marry? Exploring the dynamics of child marriage in Pakistan

Photo: Nashia Ajaz

In the time it has taken to read this article 6 girls under the age of 18 have been married

Each year, 12 million girls are married before the age of 18

That is 23 girls every minute

Nearly 1 every 3 seconds

About the authors

Albena Sotirova

Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research, University of Amsterdam

Karen van Zaal

Oxfam Novib

Tasneem Kakal

KIT Royal Tropical Institute

Co-authors: Winny Koster (AISSR), Esther Miedema (AISSR), Nashia Ajaz (AISSR), Wasim Durrani (Oxfam Pakistan), Ronald van Moorten (Oxfam Novib)This blog is based on study findings from the Her Choice (2016-2020), the More Than Brides Alliance’s programme ‘Marriage: No Child’s play’ (2016-2020) and YES I DO (2016-2020) multi-country programmes. All three programmes are funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The data for Punjab province is based on the midline studies conducted in 2018 by Her Choice and More Than Brides Alliance programmes. The data for Sindh province is based on the midline studies conducted in 2018 by More Than Brides Alliance and Yes I Do programmes.Explore our findings from the HER CHOICE AllianceExplore our findings from the More than Brides AllianceExplore our findings from the YES I DO AllianceAll three programmes are funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.