Prevalence of Child Marriage in Pakistan

Pakistan has one of the highest rates of child marriage in the world. UNICEF estimates that Pakistan has the sixth highest number of women married before the age of 18 in the world. According to UNICEF, Pakistan is home to nearly 19 million child brides; 1 in 6 young women were married in childhood.

According to the Pakistan Demographic and Health Survey (PDHS) 2017-18, 3.6 percent of girls under 15 are married and 18.3 percent of girls under 18 are married in Pakistan. The PDHS 2017-18 survey also shows that 8 percent of adolescent women aged 15-19 in Pakistan are already mothers or pregnant with their first child.

Source: UNICEF

 

 

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