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 Dominica.
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 Dominica.
What has this country committed to?
Dominica has committed to eliminate child, early and forced marriage by 2030 in line with target 5.3 of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Dominica ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1991, which sets a minimum age of marriage of 18, and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in 1980, which obligates states to ensure free and full consent to marriage.
What is the minimum legal framework around marriage?
According to the Marriage Act 1991 the legal minimum age of marriage in Dominica is 18 years. However it is possible to marry at 16 years with parental consent.
United Nations, Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform, [website], 2017, (accessed February 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)