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Child Marriage

Child marriage, defined by the United Nations as marriage before age 18, is a human rights violation. Globally, one in five girls is married or in a union before age 18. Married girls are often deprived of their fundamental rights to health, education, and safety. Little data is currently available to measure child marriage rates within populations affected by conflict. The Women’s Refugee Commission is working on a series of prevalence studies in order to fill this gap in knowledge. WRC works to understand the drivers of child marriage and how to better serve adolescent girls and address their specific needs.

Child Marriage in Humanitarian Settings: Study Overview

The Women’s Refugee Commission conducted foundational research, providing some of the first robust evidence of the magnitude and drivers of child marriage across several humanitarian contexts. Click on a country label in the map below to learn more about our study results in that area. Note: Countries designated as “ongoing” do not currently have findings and are not clickable.

Key Implications for Practice

Based on WRC’s research providing some of the first robust evidence of the magnitude and drivers of child marriage across several humanitarian contexts, this infographic features five implications for practice.

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