Child marriage atlas

This child marriage atlas is the only online source of consolidated and comprehensive data on child marriage for every country in the world. It combines the latest official data from UNICEF with country-level information on child marriage and what is being done to address it. It is for anyone who wants to find out more about child marriage at the country level.

Child marriage atlas

Interactive atlas

Here you will find information on child marriage for every country in the world. You can explore the issue from a map view, top 20 countries with the highest prevalence, country-level information on key drivers, the legal age of marriage and where Girls Not Brides member organisations are working to end the practice.

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Region & country pages

These pages provide detail on child marriage at the regional and country level. They include links to Girls Not Brides member organisations and relevant country-specific stories, briefs and content from across our website. Use this information to hold governments to account for their global, regional and national commitments to end child marriage, and to strengthen advocacy and fundraising.

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Country profiles

Each country profile includes information obtained using clear research parameters and sources on:

  • What is the child marriage rate (prevalence and/or burden)? How big of an issue is it?
  • Are there country-specific drivers of child marriage?
  • What has this country committed to?
    • Global level
    • Regional level
  • What is the government doing to address child marriage at the national level?
  • What is the minimum legal framework around marriage?
  • How are Girls Not Brides member organisations working in the country?
  • Who are the Girls Not Brides member organisations in the country?
  • Sources

Interactive atlas

The interactive tool offers a way to filter and display data related to child marriage, including:

  • Child marriage prevalence and burden by country and region
  • National strategies, policies, action plans or equivalent in place to end child marriage in a comprehensive way
  • The legal age of marriage in a country
  • If there are Girls Not Brides member organisations working in a country
  • If there is a Girls Not Brides National or State Partnership or coalition working in a country

You can use filters to layer different data sets on the map, and click on a country for more detailed information.

The data and research behind the atlas

The child marriage atlas and country profiles use the latest available data on child marriage from UNICEF[1], and are based on MICS, DHS or equivalent nationally representative data. The atlas is correct as of May 2020.

The profile data is presented in a deliberately factual way. The only category which lends itself more to analytical rather than factual information is the section on drivers of child marriage, where we have extended research parameters to include information from high quality country-specific reports or briefs from civil society organisations, donors, research institutes, governments, UN country offices and similar.

Data sources

  • [1] UNICEF, Child marriage database, 2020

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