Eastern Africa

Malawi

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

563.1 thousand

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

7%
2.5 million

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

38%

Prevalence of child marriage

  • Eastern Africa
  • Malawi
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YearEastern AfricaMalawi
199548.6%
199748.1%
200048.5%
200246.2%
200548.8%
200744.9%
201047.8%
201245.0%
201544.4%
201740.1%
202037.7%
202235.9%
Child marriage age

Malawi

Child Marriage
Prevalence

Malawi

Child Marriage
Prevalence

Residence

  • Urban
  • Rural
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YearUrbanRural
202022.3%41.1%

Wealth

  • Poorest
  • Second
  • Middle
  • Fourth
  • Richest
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YearPoorestSecondMiddleFourthRichest
202048.6%46.1%40.3%32.7%18.7%

Education

  • No schooling
  • Primary education
  • Secondary or higher
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YearNo schoolingPrimary educationSecondary or higher
202051.9%50.8%14.1%
Child marriage age

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

Prevalence of child marriage

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33% 37% 43%

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2020

Prevalence of child marriage in each region of Malawi in 2020

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YearMalawiCentral RegionNorthern RegionSouthern Region
37.7%33.4%37.2%42.5%
Child marriage age

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Prevalence of child marriage

  • Malawi
Child marriage age
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YearMalawi
199548.6%
200048.5%
200548.8%
201047.8%
201544.4%
202037.7%

Residence

Child marriage prevalence

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Residence

Child marriage prevalence

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CountryUrbanRuralTotal prevalence
Malawi22.3%41.1%37.7%
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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