Indicator 40. Percentage of women aged 20-24 who were married or in a union by age 18

Rationale and definition:

This indicator tracks the prevalence of child marriage, as defined by UNICEF. Child marriage is a violation of basic rights and may cause lifelong harm. Evidence shows that most girls who marry early abandon formal education and many have early and often high-risk pregnancies.1 Child brides are also at higher risk of abuse, exploitation, and separation from family and friends, which can all have major consequences on health and wellbeing.


By age, urban/rural, ethnicity, wealth quintile.

Comments and limitations:


Preliminary assessment of current data availability by Friends of the Chair:


Primary data source:

Household surveys.

Potential lead agency or agencies: