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Saint Kitts and Nevis

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 Saint Kitts and Nevis.

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 little information on child marriage in Saint Kitts and Nevis.

What has this country committed to?

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

Saint Kitts and Nevis ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1990, which sets a minimum age of marriage of 18, and acceded to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in 1985, which obligates states to ensure free and full consent to marriage.

What is the minimum legal framework around marriage?

Based on the Marriage Act 2002, the minimum legal age for marriage without parental consent is 18 years.
Data could not be found for the legal age of marriage with exceptions.

Source

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)