Eastern Africa

Mozambique

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

1.6 million

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

17%
4.8 million

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

53%

Prevalence of child marriage

  • Eastern Africa
  • Mozambique
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YearEastern AfricaMozambique
199050.7%
199551.1%
199748.1%
200047.4%
200246.2%
200552.0%
200744.9%
201051.9%
201245.0%
201552.9%
201740.1%
202235.9%
Child marriage age

Mozambique

Child Marriage
Prevalence

Mozambique

Child Marriage
Prevalence

Residence

  • Urban
  • Rural
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YearUrbanRural
201538.1%61.9%

Wealth

  • Poorest
  • Second
  • Middle
  • Fourth
  • Richest
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YearPoorestSecondMiddleFourthRichest
201571.4%59.3%65.2%49.7%27.8%

Education

  • No schooling
  • Primary education
  • Secondary or higher
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YearNo schoolingPrimary educationSecondary or higher
201566.0%64.4%30.6%
Child marriage age

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

Prevalence of child marriage

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62% 42% 37% 58% 30% 16% 63% 65% 48% 62% 68%

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2015

Prevalence of child marriage in each region of Mozambique in 2015

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YearMozambiqueCabo DelgadoGazaInhambaneManicaMaputoMaputo CityNampulaNiassaSofalaTeteZambezia
52.9%62.0%42.5%36.7%58.4%30.1%15.9%63.0%64.8%47.8%62.1%67.7%
Child marriage age

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How does Mozambique compare to other countries?

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How does Mozambique compare to other countries?

Prevalence of child marriage

  • Mozambique
Child marriage age
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YearMozambique
199050.7%
199551.1%
200047.4%
200552.0%
201051.9%
201552.9%

Residence

Child marriage prevalence

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Residence

Child marriage prevalence

Review the data to find if girls living in rural areas are more likely to marry in childhood than girls in urban areas

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CountryUrbanRuralTotal prevalence
Mozambique38.1%61.9%52.9%
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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