Child marriage

UNICEF works to strengthen the role and leadership of Roma communities in tackling child marriage by providing information on alternatives.

Roma girls walking in the street
UNICEF Serbia/Vas

57% of girls from Roma settlements are married before the age of 18 and almost 18% are married before the age of 15.

UNICEF works to strengthen the role and leadership of Roma communities in tackling child marriage by providing information on alternatives – through community dialogue, direct support to families and engagement of successful young Roma role models.

We support girls from Roma settlements to benefit from education, employment and social resources, by making online services and training available to them. 

At the national level, we support the National coalition to end child marriage.

330 girls, 307 mothers and 54 fathers in 20 Roma settlements benefitted from activities geared toward ending child marriage.