UNICEF did a data analysis from 82 countries around the world and found child marriage among boys was prevalent in a range of countries. This included those in sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, South Asia, East Asia and also the Pacific.
The Central African Republic had the highest prevalence of child marriage among males at 28%. It is followed by Nicaragua at 19% and Madagascar 13%.
“Marriage steals childhood,” said Henrietta Fore, UNICEF’s Executive Director. “Child grooms are forced to take on adult responsibilities for which they may not be ready.
“As we mark the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, we need to remember that marrying boys and girls off while they are still children runs counter to the rights enshrined in the Convention,” said Fore.
The Executive Director said that through further research, investment and empowerment, this child violation can be ended.
The research showed that an estimated 115 million boys and men worldwide were married as children. One in five of that estimation (23 million) became child grooms before the age of 15.
UNICEF found out that the latest estimate brings the total number of child brides and grooms worldwide to 765 million.
“Girls remain disproportionately affected” UNICEF said.
- Poverty and poor access to education are the major reasons for child marriage in CAR.
- The country is suffering from second lowest GDP in the world.
- Cultural practices such as polygamy, bride price and female genital cutting are further drivers of child marriage.
- In their culture, man can take 4 wives and the younger the wife the more he respected.
- Conflict is also the other major reason for child marriage people seek safety in child marriage so their daughter can get save
The legal minimum age for civil marriage is 18 years. In other countries, marriage at 13 years can be permitted if approved by a court and/or if that girl is pregnant.