Western Africa

Senegal

Summary

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Absolute number

Prevalence

422.2 thousand

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

9%
1.8 million

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

31%

Prevalence of child marriage

  • Western Africa
  • Senegal
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YearWestern AfricaSenegal
199439.5%
199734.3%
199935.6%
200234.6%
200435.0%
200735.6%
200933.5%
201237.6%
201430.7%
201735.6%
201930.5%
202232.0%
Child marriage age

Senegal

Child Marriage
Prevalence

Senegal

Child Marriage
Prevalence

Residence

  • Urban
  • Rural
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YearUrbanRural
201917.7%43.5%

Wealth

  • Poorest
  • Second
  • Middle
  • Fourth
  • Richest
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YearPoorestSecondMiddleFourthRichest
201962.2%43.8%24.8%22.4%14.7%

Education

  • No schooling
  • Primary education
  • Secondary or higher
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YearNo schoolingPrimary educationSecondary or higher
201951.4%44.1%10.8%
Child marriage age

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

Prevalence of child marriage

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19% 34% 27% 54% 33% 53% 69% 38% 50% 25% 47% 53% 17% 4%

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2019

Prevalence of child marriage in each region of Senegal in 2019

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YearSenegalKaolackKédougouKoldaMatamTambacoundaThièsZiguinchorSaint LouisDakarFatickDiourbelKaffrineLougaSédhiou
30.5%33.2%53.0%68.9%50.3%52.6%16.7%4.2%24.5%19.2%27.5%33.6%53.9%37.9%46.7%
Child marriage age

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How does Senegal compare to other countries?

Prevalence of child marriage

  • Senegal
Child marriage age
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YearSenegal
199439.5%
199935.6%
200435.0%
200933.5%
201430.7%
201930.5%

Residence

Child marriage prevalence

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Residence

Child marriage prevalence

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CountryUrbanRuralTotal prevalence
Senegal17.7%43.5%30.5%
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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