Nigeria is Among 20 Countries in the World with the Highest Rates of Child Marriage!
Child marriage is a truly global problem that cuts across countries, cultures, religions and ethnicities. Child brides can be found in every region in the world, from the Middle East to Latin America, South Asia to Europe. Below is a list of 20 countries with highest rates of child-marriage, of which Nigeria is one.
- 01 Niger 76%
- 02 Chad 68%
- 03 Central African Republic 68%
- 04 Bangladesh 65%
- 05 Mali 55%
- 06 South Sudan 52%
- 07 Burkina Faso 52%
- 08 Guinea 52%
- 09 Malawi 50%
- 10 Mozambique 48%
- 11 India 47%
- 12 Somalia 45%
- 13 Sierra Leone 44%
- 14 Nigeria 43%
- 15 Zambia 42%
- 16 Nicaragua 41%
- 17 Nepal 41%
- 18 Madagascar 41%
- 19 Eritrea 41%
- 20 Dominican Republic 41%
Child marriage prevalence is the percentage of women 20-24 years old who were first married or in union before they were 18 years old (UNICEF State of the World’s Children, 2015). It is based on Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS), Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) and other national surveys, and refers to the most recent year available during the period 2005-2013.
10 Countries with the Highest Absolute Numbers of Child Marriage
Source: Vogelstein, R, Ending Child Marriage, How elevating the status of girls advances US foreign policy objectives, Council on Foreign Relations, 2013
If we do nothing, by the end of the decade an estimated 142 million girls will be married as children.
Source: Girls Not Brides – http://www.girlsnotbrides.org/where-does-it-happen/
Girls Not Brides is a global partnership of more than 550 civil society organizations from over 70 countries committed to ending child marriage and enabling girls to fulfill their potential.
Members are based throughout Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas. We share the conviction that every girl has the right to lead the life that she chooses and that, by ending child marriage, we can achieve a safer, healthier and more prosperous future for all.
Stronger together, Girls Not Brides members bring child marriage to global attention, build an understanding of what it will take to end child marriage and call for the laws, policies and programmes that will make a difference in the life of millions of girls.