A Profile of Child Marriage In Africa

Past, present, and future

Tensae Belachew, Centre, her husband, Left and her young son, Right, pose for a photograph in their home as part of a UNICEF photo project to show Girls Empowerment in the village of Addis Ge, near Fiche, Ethiopia Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015.


Worldwide, more than 75 million young women aged 20 to 24 years, a quarter of them in Africa, entered their first marriage or union before they celebrated their 18th birthday. But the global profile of child marriage is changing. A growing child population combined with a slow decline in the practice of child marriage in Africa will put millions more girls at risk. If current trends continue, almost half of the world’s child brides in 2050 will be African. This statistical profile presents key facts about the past, present and future of child marriage in Africa.

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