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Nauru

Child marriage rates
UNICEF 2017 % Married by 15
2%
UNICEF 2017 % Married by 18
27%

* References

* 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)

Child marriage rates
UNICEF 2017 % Married by 15
2%
UNICEF 2017 % Married by 18
27%

* References

* 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)

What's the child marriage rate? How big of an issue is child marriage?

According to the most recent available data from 2007, 27% of girls in Nauru are married before their 18th birthday and 2% are married before the age of 15.
According to UNFPA, Nauru is one of only 10 countries with a child marriage prevalence rate of over 10% for boys.

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 Nauru.

What has this country committed to?

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

Nauru acceded to the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1994, which sets a minimum age of marriage of 18, and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in 2011, which obligates states to ensure free and full consent to marriage.

During its 2017 review, the CEDAW Committee raised concerns about the high rate of adolescent pregnancies in Nauru and the resulting number of child marriages.

During its 2015 Universal Periodic Review, Nauru supported recommendations to combat child marriage through reinforcing necessary legal frameworks and increasing the legal age of marriage to 18.

What is the minimum legal framework around marriage?

The Child Protection and Welfare Act 2016 prohibits the marriage of girls and boys younger than 18. This applies to both legal and customary marriages.

Source

Government of Nauru, Nauru Demographic and Health Survey, 2007, (accessed May 2018)

UNFPA, Child Marriage – Frequently Asked Questions, [website], 2018, (accessed May 2018)

UN CEDAW, Concluding observations on the combined initial and second periodic reports of Nauru, 2017, p.9,  (accessed May 2018)

UN General Assembly, Report of the Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review, Nauru, 2015, p.16, (accessed May 2018)

United Nations, Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform, [website], 2017, (accessed February 2018)

United States State Department Bureau for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2017, Nauru, 2018, (accessed May 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)