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July 1, 2022, 11:43 a.m.
Countries: East Timor
Variables: AOM-DATA-2

"According to the 2015 census data, the proportion of women aged 20–24 who were married or in a union before the age of 18 is close to 7 per cent, with wide variations between municipalities. On the other hand, the 2016 Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) found that 35 per cent of women aged 20–49 had married in their teens compared to 9 per cent of men..." (12)
July 1, 2022, 11:06 a.m.
Countries: Indonesia
Variables: AOM-DATA-2

"An analysis by CBS and UNICEF in 2015 revealed a decrease in the number of child marriages in Indonesia. When CBS and UNICEF surveyed women who were already married between the age of 20 and 24, it was found that 23% of them were married under the age of 18. This is a decrease in percentage from the 27.4% surveyed in 2008" (17). "In 2016, 20% of women between 20–24 years old were married for the first time before they reached 18 years old. Albeit decreasing almost 20% compared to 2008, the trend in the last eight years indicates slower decline. A faster decline occurs to the proportion of women...more
June 28, 2022, 2:56 p.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: AOM-DATA-2

"Marriage occurs early for women in Bangladesh. Seventy-one percent of women age 20-49 were married by age 18, and 85% were married by age 20. Nearly one-third (31%) of women age 20-49 reported that they had married by age 15. Among women age 20-24, 59% were married before age 18. There has been a slow but steady increase over time in the median age at first marriage among women age 20-49, from 14.4 years in 1993-94 to 15.3 years in 2007 and 16.3 years in 2017-18. The proportion of women age 20-24 who were married by age 18 declined from 73% in 1993-94 to 65% in 2011 and 59% in...more
June 21, 2022, 1:11 p.m.
Countries: Guyana

"The Committee welcomes awareness-raising initiatives on gender equality undertaken by the Gender Affairs Bureau, including in hinterland regions. Nevertheless, it notes the following with concern: (a) The persistence of discriminatory sex- and gender-based stereotypes and social inequalities between women and men, as well as patriarchal power structures in the State party, which are perpetuated through the media and advertising; (b) That the unequal division of family and domestic responsibilities between women and men places a disproportionate burden on women, especially single mothers; (c) That 27 per cent of women in the State party marry before they reach 18 years of age, that such marriages are legal with judicial authorization and...more
June 7, 2022, 11:16 a.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: AOM-DATA-2

"Tennessee is currently the 13th largest state per capita for child marriages, trailing Texas, Alabama, Utah, Oklahoma, and Nevada, which is tops since 2018. Texas has married roughly 42,000 children, the biggest number of children per state, while California has married off roughly 24,000 and Tennessee almost 10,000. Under the current Tennessee law, a person can get married as young as 17 as long as they have parental consent. It only became illegal for minors under the age of 17 to get married in 2018. Prior to that, Tennesseans could bypass the age requirement as long as a judge waived the age limit through parental consent" (7-8)."Researchers found that a...more
May 27, 2022, 4:14 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: AOM-DATA-2

"According to the marriage statistics, the rate of official marriage of girls aged 16–17 in total official marriages decreased from 5,8 per cent in 2014 to 3,1 per cent in 2019. According to the data of marriage at 16–17 years old stated in the 2019 Marriage Statistics published by the TURKSTAT, early marriages decreased for both sexes compared to the previous year. While the number of early marriages was 1.029 for boys and 20.809 for girls in 2018, the numbers deceased to 940 for boys and 17.047 for girls in 2019" (29).
May 27, 2022, 11:45 a.m.
Countries: Serbia
Variables: AOM-DATA-2

"UNICEF reporting on child marriages in Romani communities stated the prevalence of child marriages in those communities had steadily increased. More than half of Romani girls were married by the age of 18, and one in five was married before the age of 15" (27).
May 16, 2022, 8:09 p.m.
Countries: Suriname
Variables: AOM-DATA-2

"According to the MICS 2010 report, about 12 per cent of all marriages in 2007 were of girls, aged 15 19. The report states that nationwide, approximately 12 per cent of women aged 15 19 years were married or in union" (46). "The proportion of these marriages was the highest in households where the mother tongue is Javanese (19.2 per cent) and in the districts in the rural interior households (20.0 per cent). A large number of these girls had a husband 10 years older or more, i.e. 19.5 per cent currently married or in union in 2006. The proportion of young girls aged 20 24 married or in union...more
March 25, 2022, 10:05 p.m.
Countries: Kosovo
Variables: AOM-DATA-2

"[E]arly and forced child marriage... remained a common practice in certain ethnic communities, including among Roma, Ashkali, Balkan-Egyptians, Bosniaks, and Gorani. According to a government report that focused on these communities, approximately 12 percent of children, mostly girls, married before the age of 15" (25).
March 25, 2022, 9:33 p.m.
Countries: Armenia

"Early marriage of girls was reportedly more frequent within Yezidi communities, but the government took no measures to document the scale or address the practice" (32).
March 25, 2022, 8:54 p.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates
Variables: AOM-DATA-2

"...The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women previously reported on the persistence of unregistered child marriages" (30). This may indicate that estimated percentages of females married as children are unreliable because the marriages tend to go unregistered (JLR-CODER COMMENT).
March 19, 2022, 8:53 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: AOM-DATA-2

"Two-thirds of the marriage applications in Buncombe County last year that involved at least one person under 18 originated from people who lived outside of North Carolina, Reisinger said, noting that a 49-year-old man and 17-year-old girl recently came from Kentucky seeking a license"(para 5). "A study by the International Center for Research on Women, a research institute and rights group for women and children, estimates that nearly 8,800 minors were listed on marriage licenses in North Carolina from 2000-2015 — placing the state among the top five with child marriages during that period. The group said that 93% of the marriage applications it reviewed for the years 2000-2019 involved...more
March 9, 2022, 8:57 a.m.
Countries: Italy

"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. 24, 2022, 10:11 p.m.
Countries: Colombia
Variables: AOM-LAW-1, AOM-DATA-2

"Marriage is legal at the age of 18. Boys older than 14 and girls older than 12 may marry with the consent of their parents. According to UNICEF, 5 percent of girls were married before age 15 and 23 percent before age 18" (26).
Feb. 23, 2022, 3:02 p.m.
Countries: Senegal
Variables: AOM-DATA-2

"According to UN Population Fund statistics, 33 percent of women were married before age 18, and 12 percent before age 15" (17).
Feb. 11, 2022, 5 p.m.
Countries: Thailand
Variables: AOM-DATA-2

"Girls Not Brides, an international NGO, reported that 23 percent of girls in the country are married before their 18th birthday and 4 percent are married before age 15, according to statistics from 2015-2016, the most recent available" (35).
Feb. 2, 2022, 12:28 p.m.
Countries: Madagascar
Variables: AOM-DATA-2

"According to the results of a 2018 Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey, 37 percent of women between ages 20 and 49 married before the age of 18. The rate for men was 12 percent. Five regions presented the highest rate of early marriage for both men and women, with 60 percent for Atsimo Atsinanana, 66 percent for Atsimo Andrefana, 54 percent for Melaky, 51 percent for Betsiboka, and 54 percent for Sofia. Rural areas were more affected, with 44 percent married before age 18, and 15 percent before age 15. In urban areas 29 percent of women married before age 18 and 7 percent before age 15" (22).
Jan. 24, 2022, 1:07 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: AOM-DATA-2

"The law does not characterize a marriage between a girl younger than 18 and a boy younger than 21 as 'illegal,' but it recognizes such unions as voidable" (48). These marriages not being illegal where child marriage is illegal indicates that the law does not view these marriages as child marriages (SFR - CODER COMMENT). "According to the Ministry of Home Affairs’ 2015-2016 National Family Health Survey, 27 percent of women between 20 and 24 married before the age of 18, and 2017 UNICEF data revealed 7 percent of the same group of women married before the age of 15" (50).
Jan. 24, 2022, 12:55 p.m.
Countries: Djibouti
Variables: AOM-DATA-2

"Child marriage occasionally occurred in rural areas" (18).
Jan. 21, 2022, 9:22 p.m.
Countries: Mauritania
Variables: AOM-DATA-2

"According to UNICEF, in 2017, 37 percent of girls were married before the age of 18, and 14 percent were married before the age of 15" (17).
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

"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