Marriage: Children

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 12th June 2018.

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Photo of Virendra Sharma Virendra Sharma Labour, Ealing, Southall

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate his Department has made of the number of marriages involving a party under the age of 16 years worldwide for each year that information is available.

Photo of Harriett Baldwin Harriett Baldwin Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Jointly with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

Based on information available from UNICEF, one in 20 girls are married under the age of 15 globally. In 2017, 12 per cent of girls in sub-Saharan Africa were married by age 15; 8 per cent in South Asia; 5 per cent in Latin America and Caribbean; 3 per cent in the Middle East and North Africa; and 1 per cent in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

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