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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 3 girls in Sudan are married before their 18th birthday.
Legal age of marriage
The Personal Status Law of Muslims, 1991, allows the marriage of a girl once she has hit puberty. It also provides that a 10-year-old can be married by their guardian with the permission of a judge.
The Marriage of Non-Muslims Act of 1926 sets the age of marriage at 13 for non-Muslim girls, and 15 for non-Muslim boys.
Initiatives to end child marriage
Sudan has launched the African Union campaign to end child marriage in Africa.
Members In Sudan
- UNICEF, State of the World’s Children, 2016