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)
In Kazakhstan, child marriages are rare but do occur in certain communities and among some ethnic groups, particularly those living in rural areas.
According to UNICEF, approximately 6% of girls in Kazakhstan are married before their 18th birthday.
As in other countries, reliable statistics are only available for marriages that are formally registered. Therefore many informal and/or religious unions are not officially documented.
Child marriage in Kazakhstan is linked to economic, social and cultural factors, as well as the educational attainment of women and girls, and their residence in rural areas.
Legal age of marriage
Under the Marriage and Family Code, the legal minimum age for marriage is 18 years for both men and women.
Civil registration bodies may reduce by no more than two years but only with the agreement of those entering the marriage and that of their parents or guardians.
Members In Kazakhstan
- UNICEF, State of the World’s Children, 2016
- UNFPA, Child marriage in Kazakhstan (overview), 2014