Early Marriage: A harmful traditional practice

Publication year:

2005

English

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pdf

Publisher:

UNICEF, United Nations Children's Fund

Child marriage is a violation of human rights, compromising the development of girls and often resulting in early pregnancy and social isolation. Young married girls face onerous domestic burdens, constrained decision-making and reduced life choices. Using data from the Demographic and Household Surveys, this publication estimates the prevalence of child marriage and seeks to identify and understand the factors associated with child marriage and cohabitation. The statistical linkages identified can help programmers promote delayed marriage and use advocacy and behaviour-change campaigns to prevent child marriage.

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