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What does it mean ?
Full Name:Proportion of women aged 20-24 years who were married or in a union before age 15
Full Unit: Percentage, %
Year-range of Data:2003 - 2017
Source:Global SDG Indicators Database
Link to Source:https://unstats.un.org/sdgs/indicators/database/
Date Source Published:1st March 2018
Date Source Accessed:15th May 2019

The following countries had no data:
Botswana, Libya, Mauritius, SADR, Seychelles

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Child marriage before age 15

What does it mean ?

This indicator represents the proportion of women aged 20 to 24 who were married or in a union before the age of 15. This includes both informal and formal unions - that is, marriages. Informal unions are those in which a couple lives together for some time, intends to have a lasting relationship, but have had no formal civil or religious ceremony, also known as cohabitation.

Why does it matter ?

The term ‘child marriage’ refers to formal and informal unions when a child lives with a partner before the age of 18y and is a violation of human rights. Child marriage can lower a girl's development by resulting in early pregnancy, social isolation and interrupted schooling, limiting her chances for work in the future and putting her at risk of intimate-partner violence. Marriage to girls before 15 years makes girls more vulnerable to very early childbearing, which carries further risk to the health and life of girls. In many settings, it is expected that girls who reach puberty are to assume womanly roles, such as becoming a wife and mother. Monitoring child marriage globally forms part of Sustainable Development Goal 5 Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls; Target 5.3: Eliminate all harmful practices, such as child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation.

How is it collected ?

Data for this indicator are collected via household surveys, such as UNICEF-supported Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS) and US Agency for International Development–supported Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS), which have been collecting data on this indicator in low- and middle-income countries since the late 1980s. During MICS interviews, for example, women are asked if they are currently or have they ever been married or living together with someone as if married, if so, when and how old they were at the time of their first marriage or cohabitation. In some countries, data are also collected through national censuses or other national household surveys.

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This indicator is measured retrospectively, among women who have most recently completed the risk period for child marriage, in order to capture the full extent of the practice. While the current marital status of girls below age 18 (and age 15) may also be captured, such measures will by design underestimate the level of child marriage due to censoring – as girls who are not yet married may still do so before they turn 18 (or 15).

For more information, visit: https://unstats.un.org/sdgs/metadata/files/Metadata-05-03-01.pdf

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