Eastern Africa

South Sudan

Summary

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Absolute number

Prevalence

210.9 thousand

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

9%
1.2 million

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

52%

Prevalence of child marriage

  • Eastern Africa
  • South Sudan
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YearEastern AfricaSouth Sudan
198532.3%
199032.2%
199538.9%
199748.1%
200045.0%
200246.2%
200550.8%
200744.9%
201051.5%
201245.0%
201740.1%
202235.9%
Child marriage age

South Sudan

Child Marriage
Prevalence

South Sudan

Child Marriage
Prevalence

Residence

  • Urban
  • Rural
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YearUrbanRural
201051.4%51.6%

Wealth

  • Poorest
  • Second
  • Middle
  • Fourth
  • Richest
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YearPoorestSecondMiddleFourthRichest
201053.2%51.5%52.2%53.4%48.5%

Education

  • No schooling
  • Primary education
  • Secondary or higher
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YearNo schoolingPrimary educationSecondary or higher
201055.3%48.5%19.9%
Child marriage age

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Prevalence of child marriage

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48% 40% 51% 51% 43% 47% 59% 49% 80% 59%

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2010

Prevalence of child marriage in each region of South Sudan in 2010

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YearSouth SudanCentral EquatoriaEastern EquatoriaJongleiLakesNorthern Bahr El GhazalUnityUpper NileWarrapWestern Bahr El GhazalWestern Equatoria
51.5%48.0%40.1%50.5%51.0%49.3%80.3%59.2%43.2%47.0%58.7%
Child marriage age

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Prevalence of child marriage

  • South Sudan
Child marriage age
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YearSouth Sudan
198532.3%
199032.2%
199538.9%
200045.0%
200550.8%
201051.5%

Residence

Child marriage prevalence

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Residence

Child marriage prevalence

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CountryUrbanRuralTotal prevalence
South Sudan51.4%51.6%51.5%
Perspective
Child marriage age

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