Western Asia

Iraq

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

917.2 thousand

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

7%
3.3 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

  • Western Asia
  • Iraq
Child marriage age
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YearWestern AsiaIraq
199323.8%
199827.3%22.4%
200324.8%19.9%
200821.7%22.3%
201320.5%29.9%
201822.1%27.9%
202320.5%
Child marriage age

Iraq

Child Marriage
Prevalence

Residence

  • Urban
  • Rural
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YearUrbanRural
201828.0%27.6%

Wealth

  • Poorest
  • Second
  • Middle
  • Fourth
  • Richest
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YearPoorestSecondMiddleFourthRichest
201835.8%37.3%30.3%23.8%14.2%

Education

  • No schooling
  • Primary education
  • Secondary or higher
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YearNo schoolingPrimary educationSecondary or higher
201846.2%41.4%16.8%
Child marriage age

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

Prevalence of child marriage

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37% 18% 44% 23% 31% 37% 25% 23% 13% 17% 28% 33% 32% 8% 24% 31% 35% 29%
Child marriage age

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2018

Prevalence of child marriage in each region of Iraq in 2018

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YearIraqAnbarBabylonBaghdadBasrahDiyalaDohukErbilKerbelaKirkukMaysanMuthannaNainawaNajafQadisiyaSalah Al-DeenSulaimaniyahThi-QarWasit
27.9%17.3%30.6%27.9%33.5%32.0%8.1%24.0%36.8%18.1%43.5%23.2%31.5%37.2%25.3%22.7%13.5%34.8%28.7%
Child marriage age

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How does Iraq compare to other countries?

Prevalence of child marriage

  • Iraq
Child marriage age
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YearIraq
199323.8%
199822.4%
200319.9%
200822.3%
201329.9%
201827.9%

Residence

Child marriage prevalence

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CountryUrbanRuralTotal prevalence
Iraq28.0%27.6%27.9%
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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