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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)
Approximately 1 in 5 girls in Lesotho are married before their 18th birthday.
Legal age of marriage
According to the Marriage Act of 1974, the minimum age of marriage is 21 years old. However, the law allows for girls to marry at 16 and for boys to marry at 18 with the written permission from the Minister.
Initiatives to end child marriage
In October 2017, Lesotho launched the African Union campaign to end child marriage in Africa.