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Child marriage rates
UNICEF 2017 % Married by 15
UNICEF 2017 % 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 (UNICEF State of the World’s Children, 2017)
Although little data is available on child marriage in Iran, UNICEF estimates that approximately 17% of girls there are married before the age of 18. The numbers may be even higher as many families in Iran do not register births or underage marriages.
According to Iran’s Association of Children’s Rights, the number of girls married in Iran under the age of 15 went from 33,383 in 2006 to 43,459 in 2009, a 30% increase in three years. This is due to deepening poverty and parents’ desire to control their daughter’s sexuality.
Legal age of marriage
According to the Islamic Republic civil code, the legal age of marriage in Iran is 13 for girls and 15 for boys.
However, the same Act allows girls below 13 and boys below 15 to married with the consent of their father or the permission of a court judge.
Members In Iran
- International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, Over 40,000 girls under age 14 married each year in Iran, 4 September 2015
- UNICEF, State of the World’s Children, 2016
- Vivian Tsai, Child bride practice rising in Iran, Parliament seeks to lower girl’s legal marriage age to 9, 30 August 2012
- Justice for Iran, Forced and Early Marriages in the Islamic Republic of Iran, 2003