Share of women in developing countries who were married before the age of 15

This statistic shows the percentage of women aged 20 to 24 in 2011 who were first married before the age of 15, sorted by the regions they live in. In 2011, 18 percent of women living in South Asia were married for the first time when they were younger than 15.

Percentage of women in the developing world in 2011 who were married or in union before the age of 15, by region

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Source

Release date

April 2012

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

2011

Age group

20-24 years

Special properties

Women aged 20 to 24 years only

Supplementary notes

Figures have been rounded.

Estimates are based on a subset of 105 countries, covering 90 percent of the 20–24-year-old female population of the developing world (excluding China, for which comparable data are not available). Regional estimates represent data from countries that cover at least 50 percent of the regional population. Data coverage was insufficient to calculate an average for industrialized countries.

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