Child marriage in Ethiopia
A review of the evidence and an analysis of the prevalence of child marriage in hotspot districts
The practice of child marriage in Ethiopia has shown significant decline in recent years. According to the most recent Demographic and Health Survey data from 2011, the median age at which Ethiopian women marry is 16.5 years1 and 40% of all women in their early 20’s were married before they turned 18. However, only 8% of the youngest group of women (those aged 15-19) were married before their 15th birthdays. Recognizing the array of consequences that stem from child marriage and childbearing, ranging from interrupted schooling to maternal death to intergenerational poverty, the Ethiopian government has undertaken a range of legal, institutional and strategic measures. Most recently, the government has committed to ending child marriage and FGM/C by 2025 and has helped establish the National Alliance to End Child Marriage and FGM/C.