Southern Asia

Bangladesh

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

22.3 million

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

15%
41.6 million

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

51%

Prevalence of child marriage

  • Southern Asia
  • Bangladesh
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YearSouthern AsiaBangladesh
199478.7%
199759.5%
199972.2%
200256.6%
200469.2%
200749.4%
200963.7%
201246.0%
201457.3%
201733.5%
201951.4%
202225.5%
Child marriage age

Bangladesh

Child Marriage
Prevalence

Bangladesh

Child Marriage
Prevalence

Residence

  • Urban
  • Rural
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YearUrbanRural
201944.0%53.8%

Wealth

  • Poorest
  • Second
  • Middle
  • Fourth
  • Richest
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YearPoorestSecondMiddleFourthRichest
201962.5%61.2%50.7%50.0%38.5%

Education

  • No schooling
  • Primary education
  • Secondary or higher
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YearNo schoolingPrimary educationSecondary or higher
201960.1%68.5%47.4%
Child marriage age

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

Prevalence of child marriage

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56% 44% 49% 62% 52% 67% 58% 31%

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2019

Prevalence of child marriage in each region of Bangladesh in 2019

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YearBangladeshBarisalChittagongDhakaKhulnaMymensinghRajshahiRangpurSylhet
51.4%55.6%44.1%48.6%61.8%52.2%66.7%58.0%31.0%
Child marriage age

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How does Bangladesh compare to other countries?

Prevalence of child marriage

  • Bangladesh
Child marriage age
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YearBangladesh
199478.7%
199972.2%
200469.2%
200963.7%
201457.3%
201951.4%

Residence

Child marriage prevalence

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Residence

Child marriage prevalence

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CountryUrbanRuralTotal prevalence
Bangladesh44.0%53.8%51.4%
Perspective
Child marriage age

For more data related to child marriage, please see the child marriage country profiles available on the UNICEF Data website

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