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Grenada

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 Grenada.

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 limited information on child marriage in Grenada.

What has this country committed to?

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

Grenada co-sponsored the 2013 and 2014 UN General Assembly resolutions on child, early and forced marriage.

Grenada ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1990, which sets a minimum age of marriage of 18, and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in 1990, which obligates states to ensure free and full consent to marriage.

What is the government doing to address this at the national level?

What is the minimum legal framework around marriage?

Under the Marriage Act 2011 the minimum legal age of marriage is 18 years. However a person aged between 16 – 18 years may marry with parental consent.

Source

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, Joint statement on child, early and forced marriage, HRC 27, Agenda Item 3, [website], 2014, (accessed April 2018)

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)