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The case for a minimum age of marriage of 18

Organisation: Girls Not Brides Year: 2017

This brief outlines the key arguments for setting 18 as a minimum age of marriage:

  • There is growing international consensus that a minimum age of marriage of 18 is critical to end child marriage.
  • Setting the minimum age of marriage at 18 is an objective standard of maturity that prevents discrimination.
  • A minimum age of 18 safeguards a child from marriage when they are not ready and lack the legal rights of an adult.
  • Leaving a marriage is not always an option. We must ensure everyone is able to make meaningful decisions about marriage.
  • Marriage before 18 has an economic impact on girls, their families, and their countries.


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