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Latest items for AOM-DATA-2

June 14, 2019, 2:55 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1, AOM-LAW-1, AOM-DATA-2

"The law sets a minimum age of 18 years for marriage for both boys and girls. According to the 2013 NDHS, 43 percent of women between ages 20 and 24 reported being married or in a union before age 18, and 17 percent reported being married or in a union before age 15. Fewer than half the country’s state assemblies adopted the Child Rights Act of 2003, which sets the minimum marriage age, and most states, especially northern states, did not uphold the federal official minimum age for marriage. The government engaged religious leaders, emirs, and sultans on the problem, pointing out the health hazards and improving their awareness of...more
June 13, 2019, 8:03 a.m.
Countries: Zambia
Variables: AOM-DATA-2

"According to the Zambia Demographic and Health Survey 2013/2014, 31 percent of women ages 20-24 were married before 18" (p. 19).
June 12, 2019, 1:03 p.m.
Countries: Niger
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-1, MARR-LAW-1, AOM-PRACTICE-1, AOM-LAW-1, AOM-DATA-2, MABFC-DATA-1

"The law allows a girl deemed to be “sufficiently mature” to marry at 15. Some families entered into marriage agreements under which rural girls 12 or even younger were sent to their husband’s families to be under the “supervision” of their mothers-in-law. According to UN Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA), 28 percent of women ages 20-24 married before age 15 and 76 percent married before age 18. According to the 2012 DHS, 36 percent of women 20-24 years old were first married or in union before they were 15 years old. Prevalence of child marriage was highest in the south, in the Diffa, Zinder, Maradi, and Tahoua regions. The Ministry...more
June 10, 2019, 6:59 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: AOM-DATA-2

"UNICEF estimates that 17 percent of girls in Iran are married before reaching the age of 18 and in roughly 20 percent of those below the age of 15 are married to men at least ten years older. However, experts assert that the number may be significantly higher because many families don’t register underage marriages, especially in border areas and poverty-stricken parts of the country" (para 3).
June 10, 2019, 8:03 a.m.
Countries: East Timor
Variables: AOM-DATA-2

"According to the most recent information from UNICEF (2015), an estimated 19 percent of girls married prior to the age of 18" (p. 15).
June 3, 2019, 7:47 p.m.
Countries: Turkmenistan
Variables: AOM-DATA-2

"According to UNICEF’s State of the World’s Children 2017 report, 6 percent of women aged 20-24 years old were first married before they were 18" (p. 24).
June 3, 2019, 11:14 a.m.
Countries: Senegal
Variables: AOM-DATA-2

"According to UNICEF, 39% of girls are married by 18 years of age, with 9.7% married by 15" (Pg 34).
June 3, 2019, 10:15 a.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: AOM-DATA-2

"According to UNICEF, 39.0% of women are married by 18 years of age, while 16.4% are married by 15, and only 43.6% have secondary education. Child marriage is more prevalent in the Northern areas (more details and statistics are given below)" (Pg 29). "An ICRW study conducted in 2003 estimates that 43.3% of women below the age of 18 are married. Another study estimates that 20% of girls were married by age 15.113 Child marriage is extremely prevalent in some regions; in the Northwest region, 48% of girls were married by age 15, and 78 per cent were married by age 18. Although the practice of polygyny is decreasing in...more
June 3, 2019, 9:31 a.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: AOM-DATA-2

"In 2012 alone, at least 1,537 girls below the age of 10 were forced to marry. During the same year, 29,827 girls between the ages of 10 and 14 faced the same fate. Experts believe Islamic Republic officials clearly do not want attention drawn to marriages involving girls younger than 13 because official statistics are not categorized according to age. This point of negligence is considered an intentional miscarriage of justice by authorities aware that marriages involving girls below the age of 13 are contingent on a judge’s permission" (Pg 26).
May 28, 2019, 5:40 p.m.
Countries: Yemen
Variables: AOM-DATA-2

"Combatants reportedly involved married boys ages 12 to 15 in armed conflicts in the northern tribal areas. Tribal custom considers married boys as adults who owe allegiance to the tribe. As a result, according to international and local human rights NGOs, half of tribal fighters were youths under 18" (17). "UNICEF’s 2013 data estimated that 12 percent of females married by age 15 and 32 percent by age 18" (40).
May 25, 2019, 3:39 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1, AOM-DATA-2

"Nonetheless, underage marriage is commonplace in Afghanistan by all accounts: In one study conducted by Human Rights Watch, it is estimated that 70% to 80% of women in Afghanistan face forced marriages, while 57% of girls are married before the legal marriage age of 16. In that survey, the overwhelming majority of married women and girls said that they did not marry by choice. Most married women and girls interviewed for a Human Rights Watch report were married before the age of 18. Among the women interviewed, the youngest reported age of marriage was 10-years-old and the oldest age of marriage was 20.71 Out of 100,000 births, 820 result in...more
May 24, 2019, 11:13 a.m.
Countries: Laos
Variables: AOM-DATA-2

"Approximately 35 percent of girls married before they reached 18 years, and 9 percent married before they were 15 years old" (p. 17).
May 22, 2019, 10:55 a.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: AOM-DATA-2

"A 2016 Unicef study places child marriage in Bangladesh under the age of 15 at 18% and under the age of 18 at 52%. Bordering nations India and Pakistan, however, have ever decreasing numbers with child marriage under 15 rates of 18% and 3% and under 18 rates of 47% and 21%, respectively" (Para 3).
May 16, 2019, 7:41 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: AOM-DATA-2

"According to UNICEF in 2016, approximately 975,000 women and girls had been married before age 15, twice as many as in 1990" (44).
May 14, 2019, 2:38 p.m.
Countries: South Sudan
Variables: AOM-DATA-2

An Image between paragraphs 12-13 posted in the article, elaborated by Girls not Brides, shows the following child marriage rates: Acoording to UNICEF-2017, 9% of women were married by 15 and 52% of girls were married by 18. South Sudan is ranked 5 on an international ranking.
May 9, 2019, 3:46 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: AOM-DATA-2

"While exact statistics are difficult to come by in the closed country, Iranian agencies reportedly documented that at least 36,000 girls below 18 wed – with the vast majority taking place in the northeastern Zanjan Province, according to Radio Farda" (para 2). "UNICEF estimates that 17 percent of girls in Iran are married before reaching the age of 18 and in roughly 20 percent of those below the age of 15 are married to men at least ten years older. However, experts assert that the number may be significantly higher because many families don’t register underage marriages, especially in border areas and poverty-stricken parts of the country" (para 3).more
May 7, 2019, 11:16 p.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: AOM-DATA-2

"Child marriage did not appear to be widespread in the West Bank and Gaza, according to NGOs including the Women’s Center for Legal Aid and Counseling" (107)
May 4, 2019, 3:36 p.m.
Countries: Mongolia
Variables: AOM-DATA-2

"There were no reports of underage or forced marriages" (p. 16).
April 25, 2019, 8:30 a.m.
Countries: Zimbabwe
Variables: AOM-DATA-2

"According to the 2012 population census, almost one in four teenage girls were married" (37).
April 15, 2019, 9:10 p.m.
Countries: Honduras
Variables: AOM-DATA-2

"According to government statistics, 10 percent of women married before age 15 and 37 percent before age 18" (p. 24).
April 9, 2019, 12:57 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: AOM-DATA-2

"In 2016 UNICEF reported that 17 percent of girls in the country were married before reaching age 18. NGOs reported that many families did not register underage marriages, indicating the number may be higher" (37).
April 9, 2019, 7:26 a.m.
Countries: Uruguay
Variables: AOM-DATA-2

"Early marriages were not perceived to be a significant problem" (p. 12).
April 4, 2019, 3:14 p.m.
Countries: Oman
Variables: AOM-DATA-2

"Child marriage occurred in rural communities as a traditional practice" (15).
April 2, 2019, 11:06 a.m.
Countries: Austria
Variables: AOM-DATA-2

"NGOs estimated there were approximately 200 cases of early marriage annually, primarily in the Muslim and Romani communities" (P. 11).
March 29, 2019, 4:03 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: AOM-DATA-2

"Child marriage was not known to be a problem, but there were reports of babies sold to be future brides" (page 59).
March 19, 2019, 7:13 a.m.
Countries: Germany
Variables: AOM-DATA-2

"Child and forced marriage affected mostly girls. Media reported that during the year more than 1,400 cases of child marriage involving more than 1,100 girls were registered with authorities. Nearly one-half of the cases reported involved nationals from Syria; other countries of origin were Iraq, Bulgaria, Poland, Romania, and Greece" (p. 19).
March 15, 2019, 11:35 a.m.
Countries: Vanuatu
Variables: AOM-DATA-1, AOM-DATA-2

"In 2016 UNICEF reported that approximately 21 percent of children married before age 18" (10).
March 15, 2019, 8:14 a.m.
Countries: Brazil
Variables: AOM-DATA-2

"According to 2016 data from UNICEF, 11 percent of women ages 20-24 were married before age 15, and 36 percent of women ages 20-24 were married before age 18" (p. 15).
March 7, 2019, 11:23 a.m.
Countries: Mauritania
Variables: AOM-DATA-2

"According to UNICEF in 2011 (the most recent data available), the percentage of children who were married before age 15 dropped from 19 to 15 percent, while the percentage of those married before age 18 fell from 43 to 35 percent" (page 20).
March 5, 2019, 2:35 p.m.
Countries: Malaysia
Variables: AOM-DATA-2

"Accurate statistics on early marriages were difficult to obtain, but a 2014 United Nations Population Fund report stated that more than 15,000 citizens married before age 19 in 2014" (25).