Child Marriage in Malaysia

A working paper

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There is strong public opposition to the practice in Malaysia, but the data that is needed to provide an accurate and complete assessment of the prevalence of child marriage in the country is outdated, unavailable or cannot be made public.

Existing evidence, however, indicates that child marriage is practised in Muslim, non-Muslim, indigenous and refugee communities in Malaysia. This working paper looks at existing evidence on the prevalence of child marriage in Malaysia; the factors that contribute; and the consequences. 

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Prof Dato’ Noor Aziah Mohd Awal Mohd Al Adib Samuri Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia for UNICEF MALAYSIA
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