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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.
11% of girls in Azerbaijan are married before their 18th birthday.
Rates of child marriage are high in certain parts of the country and are the result of a combination of cultural attitudes, such as the importance attached to marriage and motherhood for women, and socio-economic factors, such as poverty.
As in other countries, evaluating the actual extent of early marriage is complicated by the lack of statistical data.
Legal age of marriage
Under Article 10 of the Family Code, the minimum age of marriage for men and women is now 18. Until November 2011, the age of marriage was 17 for women.
However, the minimum age of marriage can be reduced by one year with permission from the local executive power.
- UNFPA, Child marriage in Azerbaijan (overview), 2014
- UNICEF, State of the World’s Children, 2016