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Latest items for AOM-DATA-2

Jan. 14, 2022, 6:24 p.m.
Countries: Dominican Republic
Variables: AOM-DATA-2

"According to a 2019 UNICEF-supported government survey, 12 percent of girls were married by age 15 and 36 percent by age 18... More than one-half of women in the country’s poorest quintile were married by age 17" (19).
Jan. 14, 2022, 10:50 a.m.
Countries: Belize
Variables: AOM-LAW-1, AOM-DATA-2

"The legal minimum age to marry is 18, but persons between ages 16 and 18 may marry with the consent of parents, legal guardians, or judicial authority. According to UNICEF, 29 percent of women ages 20 to 49 were married or cohabitating before reaching age 18" (13).
Jan. 4, 2022, 11:45 p.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: AOM-DATA-2

Two persons younger than age 18 may not marry each other; reports of marriages involving a person younger than age 18 were rare. The government reported an increase in the number of forced marriage investigations, but the practice remained rare" (13).
Dec. 17, 2021, 6:27 p.m.
Countries: Cote D'Ivoire
Variables: AOM-DATA-2

"In 2017 according to UNICEF, 27 percent of girls were married by age 18 and 7 percent by age 15" (21).
Nov. 15, 2021, 7:25 p.m.
Countries: Italy
Variables: AOM-LAW-1, AOM-DATA-2

"The minimum age for marriage is 18, but juvenile courts may authorize marriages for individuals as young as 16. Forced marriage is punishable by up to five years in prison, or six years if it involves a minor under the age of 18. Forced marriage even for religious reasons is also penalized. In a report released in February, the NGO ECPAT International estimated the rate of illegal child marriages (within the community, but not recognized by law) in the shantytowns of Rome to be as high as 77 percent" (16).
Nov. 9, 2021, 11:34 a.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: AOM-DATA-2

"The government’s 2018 Demographic and Health Survey showed that 12 percent of Syrian girls in the country married before age 15 and 38 percent married before age 18" (57). "According to the Turkish Statistical Institute, 26 percent of women in the country married before the age of 18, and 10 percent gave birth to their first child before the age of 18" (57).
Oct. 28, 2021, 12:31 a.m.
Countries: Austria
Variables: AOM-DATA-2

"The minimum legal age for marriage is 18. Adolescents between the ages of 16 and 18 may legally contract a marriage by special permit and parental consent or court action. NGOs estimated there were approximately 200 cases of early marriage annually, primarily in the Muslim and Romani communities" (Page 10).
Oct. 12, 2021, 8:55 a.m.
Countries: Syria
Variables: AOM-DATA-2

"Child and forced marriage primarily affected girls of foreign nationality. The government reported that as of March 31, there were 179 married minors in the country, a substantial decrease from 1,475 in 2016. The majority of married minor registrants were from Syria" (24). This is in Germany (JLR-CODER COMMENT).
Oct. 12, 2021, 8:55 a.m.
Countries: Germany
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-1, AOM-DATA-2

"Child and forced marriage primarily affected girls of foreign nationality. The government reported that as of March 31, there were 179 married minors in the country, a substantial decrease from 1,475 in 2016. The majority of married minor registrants were from Syria" (24).
Oct. 4, 2021, 9:10 a.m.
Countries: Brazil
Variables: AOM-LAW-1, AOM-DATA-2

"The legal minimum age of marriage is 18 (16 with parental or legal representative consent). In March Congress passed a law prohibiting the marriage of minors younger than 16. Prior to the change in the law, minors younger than 16 could marry with the consent of their parents if they were pregnant or if they had an older sexual partner who was seeking to avoid criminal charges of statutory rape. The practice of early marriage was common. A study of child marriage in the northeastern states of Bahia and Maranhao found that pregnancy was the main motivation for child marriage in 15 of 44 cases. According to 2017 data from...more
Sept. 29, 2021, 9:33 a.m.
Countries: Mali
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1, AOM-LAW-1, AOM-DATA-2

"The minimum age to marry without parental consent is 16 for girls and 18 for boys. A 15-year-old girl may marry with parental consent if a civil judge approves. Authorities did not effectively enforce the law, particularly in rural areas, and underage marriage was a problem throughout the country. Girls were also taken as ‘wives’ for combatants and leaders of armed groups. According to 2017 data from the UN Population Fund, 52 percent of women were married by the age of 18 and 17 percent before the age of 15. In some regions of the country, especially Kayes and Koulikoro, girls married as young as 10. It was common practice...more
Sept. 13, 2021, 2:24 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: AOM-DATA-2

"Child marriage was not known to be a problem" (70).
Aug. 28, 2021, 11:07 a.m.
Countries: Estonia
Variables: AOM-DATA-2

"The number of persons contracting a marriage before reaching the age of 18 has been constantly decreasing. When in 2006 the numbe r of such persons was 53 (2 males and 51 females), then by 2011 the number had decreased to 5 (all female)" (46).
Aug. 2, 2021, 4:01 p.m.
Countries: Nicaragua
Variables: AOM-DATA-2

"UNICEF’s 2016 State of the World’s Children, the most recent data available, reported 41 percent of women 20 to 24 years of age were married or in a union by age 18, and 10 percent were married by age 15" (p 21).
July 29, 2021, 7:20 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: AOM-DATA-2

"This sense of exceptionalism has left this issue understudied. In a 2017 investigation, PBS’s 'Frontline' could not access data from six states — mine included — on how often child marriage occurs or among whom" (Para 7). "Last year, my organization, the International Center for Research on Women, compiled the first-ever comprehensive child-marriage estimates for North Carolina and found that thousands of adults have been granted licenses to marry children in the state. This research was our first investigation of child marriage in the United States, after over a decade of work on this issue around the world, where approximately 12 million girls marry below the age of 18 each...more
July 13, 2021, 9:42 a.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: AOM-DATA-2

"17% of girls in Iran marry before age 18." In the video, at 0:17, these words are written on the screen (SFR CODER COMMENT).
July 12, 2021, 5:15 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: AOM-DATA-2

"India accounts for more than 20% of the world's adolescent population and the highest number of child marriages in South Asia, according to the UN children's agency (UNICEF)" (para 7).
July 1, 2021, 2:45 p.m.
Countries: Yemen
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-1, AOM-PRACTICE-1, AOM-DATA-2

"Child marriage rates are also rising as families struggle with poverty and insecurity. A recent UNFPA study across three governorates showed that one in five displaced girls, aged 10 to 19, were married. Among host communities, this number was one in eight. Abia was one of those girls – she was married off a little over a year ago, at age 14" (para 22-23).
July 1, 2021, 12:36 p.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1, AOM-DATA-2

"In Uganda, 10 per cent of girls are married before 15 years and 40 per cent are married by the age of 18" (para 19).
June 25, 2021, 11:51 a.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: AOM-DATA-2

"The legal minimum age for marriage is 18, but authorities generally did not enforce this law in rural areas. Some parents commonly arranged marriages for their underage daughters. UNICEF’s 2016 State of the World’s Children report estimated that 10 percent of girls married before age 15 and 40 percent before age 18. The Ministry of Gender, Labor, and Social Development reported that from January through June, it annulled 35 child marriages and stopped five from taking place" (p 32).
June 25, 2021, 11:48 a.m.
Countries: Guatemala
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1, AOM-DATA-2

"There were reports of early and forced marriages in some rural indigenous communities. UNICEF reported 30 percent of women ages 20 to 24 years were first married or in union by age 18 (7 percent of them by age 15) between 2008 and 2014" (p 18).
May 24, 2021, 3:01 p.m.
Countries: Zimbabwe
Variables: AOM-DATA-2

"According to Girls Not Brides, which campaigns for an end to child marriages, about 34% of girls in Zimbabwe are married before they are 18 while 5% are married before they are 15" (para 5). "According to girls’ rights organisations, teenage pregnancies and marriages have been rising since Zimbabwe announced its first lockdown in March last year. The situation has been worsened by the protracted closure of schools and growing poverty, with families’ livelihoods suffering amid harsh economic conditions. Marrying off their young daughters is the easy way out" (para 10).
May 24, 2021, 2:55 p.m.
Countries: Dominican Republic
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1, AOM-DATA-2

"The legal minimum age for marriage with parental consent is 16 for boys and 15 for girls. Marriage, particularly of women, before age 18 was common. According to a 2014 UNICEF survey, 10 percent of girls were married by age 15 and 37 percent by age 18" (p 20).
May 11, 2021, 7:35 p.m.
Countries: Zimbabwe
Variables: AOM-DATA-2

"According to Girls Not Brides, which campaigns for an end to child marriages, about 34% of girls in Zimbabwe are married before they are 18 while 5% are married before they are 15" (para 5). "According to girls’ rights organisations, teenage pregnancies and marriages have been rising since Zimbabwe announced its first lockdown in March last year. The situation has been worsened by the protracted closure of schools and growing poverty, with families’ livelihoods suffering amid harsh economic conditions. Marrying off their young daughters is the easy way out" (para 10).
April 26, 2021, 11:49 a.m.
Countries: Italy
Variables: AOM-DATA-2, AFE-PRACTICE-1

"As for Roma girls, it is to be taken into account that the schooling rate reduces from the age of 13–14, due to various reasons, including early marriages and early motherhood" (59).
Feb. 10, 2021, 11:42 p.m.
Countries: Jordan
Variables: AOM-DATA-2

"Almost one third ( 32% ) of refugee marriages in Jordan involve a girl under 18, according to the latest figures from Unicef. This refers to registered marriages, so the actual figure may be much higher" (para 6).
Feb. 10, 2021, 11:41 p.m.
Countries: Syria
Variables: AOM-DATA-2

"Almost one third ( 32% ) of refugee marriages in Jordan involve a girl under 18, according to the latest figures from Unicef. This refers to registered marriages, so the actual figure may be much higher. The rate of child marriage in Syria before the war was 13%" (para 6).
Feb. 10, 2021, 10:42 p.m.
Countries: Senegal
Variables: AOM-DATA-1, AOM-DATA-2, PW-PRACTICE-2

"Muslim Senegal is constitutionally secular, but customary law is in widespread use. At least 10% of girls are married before 14, and men can have up to four wives" (para 13).
Feb. 4, 2021, 10:30 p.m.
Countries: Cameroon
Variables: AOM-DATA-2, AFE-PRACTICE-1

"But even in their home country, Cameroonian girls are at risk of early marriage and pregnancy. According to UNICEF, in the period between 2008 and 2014, 13 percent of Cameroonian children were married by the time they are 15 and 38 percent by the time they were 18. According to the Cameroon Medical Council, 25 percent of pregnancies occur in school-age girls, and 20 percent of pregnant girls do not return to school" (para 22).
Jan. 4, 2021, 3:55 p.m.
Countries: Guatemala
Variables: AOM-DATA-2

"The practice of child marriage has also been overlooked in Central America, where institutionalized racism, poverty, ambiguous laws, and lack of opportunity fuel high rates in rural communities...In Guatemala, 30 percent of girls were married by eighteen nationwide, but in rural communities, this percentage nearly doubled to 53 percent" (para 3).