Southern Asia

Afghanistan

Summary

Explore how common child marriage is throughout the country, how levels have changed over time, and how the situation in this country compares to others.

Absolute number

Prevalence

781.7 thousand

Married by 15: Number of girls and women (left) and percentage of women 20-24 years (right) married before age 15

4%
4 million

Married by 18: Number of girls and women (left) and percentage of women 20-24 years (right) married before age 18

28%

Prevalence of child marriage

  • Southern Asia
  • Afghanistan
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YearSouthern AsiaAfghanistan
199245.5%
199759.5%47.6%
200256.6%46.9%
200749.4%45.7%
201246.0%37.1%
201733.5%28.3%
202225.5%
Child marriage age

Afghanistan

Child Marriage
Prevalence

Afghanistan

Child Marriage
Prevalence

Residence

  • Urban
  • Rural
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YearUrbanRural
201718.4%31.9%

Wealth

  • Poorest
  • Second
  • Middle
  • Fourth
  • Richest
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YearPoorestSecondMiddleFourthRichest

Education

  • No schooling
  • Primary education
  • Secondary or higher
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YearNo schoolingPrimary educationSecondary or higher
201734.8%20.3%11.2%
Child marriage age

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Levels of child marriage vary across different parts of Afghanistan. See the range of values within the country, and explore the map for details.

Prevalence of child marriage

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40% 49% 39% 25% 26% 42% 50% 28% 10% 27% 62% 36% 19% 15% 30% 18% 43% 39% 26% 40% 21% 11% 38% 65% 53% 8% 35% 7% 17% 31% 41% 30% 6% 11%

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2017

Prevalence of child marriage in each region of Afghanistan in 2017

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YearAfghanistanBadakhshanBadghisBaghlanBalkhBamyanDaykundiFarahFaryabGhazniGhorHilmandHiratJawzjanKabulKandaharKapisaKhostKunarKunduzLaghmanLogarMaidan WardakNangarharNimrozNuristanPaktikaPaktyaPanjsherParwanSamanganSar-E-PulTakharUruzganZabul
28.3%40.1%49.4%39.1%24.8%25.5%41.9%50.1%28.2%9.9%26.6%62.4%36.4%18.7%14.9%29.7%17.6%43.3%39.4%25.5%39.6%20.5%10.7%38.2%65.2%53.1%7.8%34.8%6.8%16.8%30.5%40.7%29.7%6.3%10.9%
Child marriage age

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Prevalence of child marriage

  • Afghanistan
Child marriage age
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YearAfghanistan
199245.5%
199747.6%
200246.9%
200745.7%
201237.1%
201728.3%

Residence

Child marriage prevalence

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Residence

Child marriage prevalence

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CountryUrbanRuralTotal prevalence
Afghanistan18.4%31.9%28.3%
Perspective
Child marriage age

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