South America

Colombia

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

1 million

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

5%
4.5 million

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

23%

Prevalence of child marriage

  • South America
  • Colombia
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YearSouth AmericaColombia
199020.5%
199523.2%
200024.9%
200525.0%
201025.3%
201523.4%
Child marriage age

Colombia

Child Marriage
Prevalence

Colombia

Child Marriage
Prevalence

Residence

  • Urban
  • Rural
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YearUrbanRural
201518.8%39.6%

Wealth

  • Poorest
  • Second
  • Middle
  • Fourth
  • Richest
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YearPoorestSecondMiddleFourthRichest
201543.3%32.2%21.5%13.3%3.9%

Education

  • No schooling
  • Primary education
  • Secondary or higher
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YearNo schoolingPrimary educationSecondary or higher
201562.6%61.3%20.4%
Child marriage age

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Prevalence of child marriage

  • Colombia
Child marriage age
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YearColombia
199020.5%
199523.2%
200024.9%
200525.0%
201025.3%
201523.4%

Residence

Child marriage prevalence

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Residence

Child marriage prevalence

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CountryUrbanRuralTotal prevalence
Colombia18.8%39.6%23.4%
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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