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Last update: Jan 2013

World Fit For Children Goal
End harmful traditional or customary practices, such as early and forced marriage (...), which violate the rights of children and women

Progress

 

Almost 1 in 3 adolescent girls in South Asia are currently married/in union compared to 1 in 14 in CEE/CIS
Percentage of girls aged 1519 years who are currently married/in union, by region

              

**Excludes China.
Note: Estimates are based on a subset of 114 countries covering 82% of the female population aged 15-19 in the world (excluding China, for which comparable data are not available). Regional estimates represent data from countries covering at least 50% of the regional population.
Source: UNICEF global databases, 2012. Based on DHS, MICS and other national surveys, 2002-2011.

 

More than one third of women in the developing world marry during childhood
Percentage of women aged 2024 years who were first married or in union by ages 15 and 18, by region

           

** Excludes China.
Note: Regional estimates represent data covering at least 50% of the regional population.
Source: DHS, MICS and other national surveys, 2002-2011.

 

Far less adolescent boys in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia are currently married/in union than adolescent girls
Percentage of boys aged 1519 years who are currently married/in union, by region

           

Note: Estimates based on a subset of countries in Africa and South Asia with available data. Regional estimates represent data from countries covering at least 50% of the regional population. Data coverage was insufficient to calculate regional averages for East Asia and the Pacific, the Middle East and North Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, CEE/CIS,Developing countries and Least Developed countries.
Source: UNICEF global databases, 2012. Based on DHS and other national surveys, 2002-2011.

 

Percentage of men aged 2024 years who were first married/in union by age 18, in the nine countries where prevalence rates are 10 per cent or above

            

Source: UNICEF global databases, 2012. Based on AIDS Indicator Surveys (AIS), DHS, MICS and other national surveys, 2004-2011.