Child marriage is a global problem, but it is most common in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. According to UNICEF, one in three girls in these regions will be married before their 18th birthday.
Here is a list of the countries with the highest rates of child marriage, according to UNICEF:
- Niger (76%)
- Central African Republic (68%)
- Chad (67%)
- Bangladesh (59%)
- Mali (52%)
- South Sudan (52%)
- Burkina Faso (52%)
- Guinea (51%)
- Mozambique (48%)
- India (47%)
In some of these countries, child marriage is legal, while in others it is illegal but still practiced. There are many factors that contribute to child marriage, including poverty, gender inequality, cultural traditions, and religious beliefs.
In addition to the countries listed above, child marriage is also common in many other parts of the world, including the Middle East, North Africa, and Latin America.
Child marriage has devastating consequences for girls. It denies them their childhood, their education, and their opportunities. It also puts them at increased risk of domestic violence, sexual violence, and health problems, such as early pregnancy and childbirth.
The international community is working to end child marriage, but it is a complex challenge that will require sustained efforts.