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Latest items for AOM-DATA-2

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).
Jan. 4, 2021, 3:53 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
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. For example, notwithstanding a legal prohibition against marriage before age eighteen in Oaxaca, Mexico, in 2010, twelve percent of adolescent girls fifteen to seventeen were married through formal or informal unions, and about 54 percent of those girls already had at least one child" (para 3).
Jan. 4, 2021, 3:48 p.m.
Countries: Brazil
Variables: AOM-DATA-2

"One reason for this could be the sheer size of Brazil's population, which is the fifth largest in the world: given the overall number of people in the country, the absolute number of child marriages represents a smaller portion of the population than in most places where this practice is considered to be a serious challenge" (para 2).
Jan. 4, 2021, 3:45 p.m.
Countries: Brazil
Variables: AOM-DATA-2

"Less common, however, are efforts to combat this practice in Latin America, despite high numbers in the region: According to a report launched in July by Promundo, a Brazil-based non-governmental organization (NGO), Brazil is ranked fourth in the world in terms of absolute numbers of girls married or co-habitating by age fifteen. More than 870 thousand women ages twenty to twenty-four years are married by age fifteen, and about three million--or 36 percent--will be married by eighteen" (para 1).
Jan. 4, 2021, 3:43 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: AOM-DATA-2

"This is especially true in regions like...South Asia, where India is home to about one third of the world's known child brides" (para 1).
Jan. 4, 2021, 3:41 p.m.
Countries: Niger
Variables: AOM-DATA-2

"This is especially true in regions like sub-Saharan Africa, where Niger claims the highest rate of child marriage globally--at 75 percent" (para 1).
Jan. 1, 2021, 2:57 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: AOM-DATA-2

"While it is true that Tanzania does not rank among the countries with the highest rates of child marriage, with four out of 10 girls being married before their 18th birthdays, it seems to be a problem that is not going away" (para 28). "In the Shinyanga region, more than 59 percent of girls like Grace - some of them as young as nine - are forced into child marriages. Itendelebanya believes that the actual figure is concealed by the remoteness of many rural communities, as well as widespread reports of corrupt police and court officials burying cases in return for bribes by family members" (para 30-31). "Meanwhile incidents related...more
Jan. 1, 2021, 2:26 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: AOM-DATA-2

"Precise figures are scarce but a 2007 UNICEF survey estimated that 24 percent of Pakistani brides are under the legal age; SSO’s research indicates 35 to 37 percent of marriages in Sindh province involve child brides" (para 6).
Nov. 24, 2020, 3:59 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: AOM-DATA-2

“According to figures from the campaign group Girls Not Brides, around 21 per cent of girls in Pakistan are married before the age of 18” (para 14).
Nov. 9, 2020, 5:33 p.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: AOM-DATA-2

“More than 45 per cent of young women in Somalia were married or 'in union' before age 18, according to a United Nations analysis in 2014-15” (para 6). “Since the [Covid-19] pandemic began…nearly a third of respondents, including more than 750 community members, said they believed child marriages had increased in part because of economic pressures and in part because schools have been disrupted” (para 18-19).
Nov. 6, 2020, 11:05 a.m.
Countries: Cameroon
Variables: AOM-DATA-2

“Almost one in three girls are married by the age of 18, according to the U.N. children's agency UNICEF” (para 13).
Sept. 29, 2020, 4:13 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1, AOM-DATA-2

"Early marriage remains a serious problem, with 21 ercent of girls in Pakistan marrying before the age of 18, according to UNICEF" (para 19).