Sub-Saharan Africa

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Under 18 prevalence in Sub-Saharan Africa

Top 5 countries with the highest prevalence rates of child marriage in Sub-Saharan Africa

Top 5 countries with the highest prevalence rates of child marriage in Sub-Saharan Africa
Position Country
1
76% Niger
2
68% Central African Republic
3
67% Chad
4
54% Mali
5
53% Mozambique

Percentage of women 20-24 years old who were first married or in union before they were 18 years old. Source: UNICEF global databases 2020, based on Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS), Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS), and other national surveys.

Under 18 burden in Sub-Saharan Africa

Top 5 countries with the highest absolute numbers of child marriage in Sub-Saharan Africa

Top 5 countries with the highest absolute numbers of child marriage in Sub-Saharan Africa
Position Country
1
3,742,000 Nigeria
2
2,276,000 Ethiopia
3
1,390,000 Democratic Republic of the Congo
4
776,000 Tanzania
5
750,000 Mozambique

Number (in thousands) of women 20-24 years old who were first married or in union before they were 18 years. Based on population in 2019. Source: Population data from United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division (2019). World Population Prospects 2019, Online Edition. Rev. 1.

National Partnerships and Coalitions in Sub-Saharan Africa

In this region we have national partnerships. Many Girls Not Brides member organisations have come together to accelerate progress to end child marriage in their countries by forming National or State Partnerships and coalitions. Below is an overview of what and where these networks are, what they do and how they work with Girls Not Brides.

Countries in Sub-Saharan Africa

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