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Bahrain

Child marriage rates
UNICEF 2017 % Married by 15
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UNICEF 2017 % Married by 18
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* References

* 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, 2017)

Child marriage rates
UNICEF 2017 % Married by 15
n/a
UNICEF 2017 % Married by 18
n/a

* References

* 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, 2017)

What's the child marriage rate? How big of an issue is child marriage?

There is no publicly available government data
on child marriage in Bahrain.

Are there country-specific drivers of child marriage in this country?

Child marriage is driven by gender inequality and the belief that women and girls are somehow inferior to men and boys.

There is very limited information on child marriage in Bahrain.

What has this country committed to?

Bahrain has committed to eliminate child, early and forced marriage by 2030 in line with target 5.3 of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Bahrain acceded to the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1992, which sets a minimum age of marriage of 18, and acceded to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in 2002, which obligates states to ensure free and full consent to marriage.

During Bahrain’s 2014 review, the CEDAW Committee reiterated recommendations for the government to raise the minimum age of marriage to 18.

What is the minimum legal framework around marriage?

The minimum legal age of marriage is 16 years. However girls can marry before 16 with the permission of the Sharia Court as per Article 20 of the Family Act.

Source

Bahrain Women Union, Bahraini NGOs shadow Report to CEDAW, 2014, (accessed May 2018)

UN CEDAW, Concluding observations on the third periodic report of Bahrain, 2014, p.11, (accessed May 2018)

United Nations, Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform, [website], 2017, (accessed February 2018)

United States State Department Bureau for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2017, Bahrain, 2018,(accessed May 2018)

* 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, 2017)