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posted on 13 March 2016

A Quarter Of The World's Women Were Child Brides

by Felix Richter, Statista.com

-- this post authored by Martin Armstrong

Over one quarter of women in the world have been child brides.

This depressing statistic was announced by Unicef, who surveyed women aged between 20 and 24 in 122 countries, covering 79 percent of the global population of women. The results reveal the drastic scale of child marriage around the globe.

Such practices were found to be most prevalent in South Asia, where 44 percent of women surveyed had been a child bride - 17 percent were under the age of 15 at the time.

At the current rate, girlsnotbrides.org estimates that there will be an additional 1.2 billion girls married globally by 2050.

This graphic shows the share of women who were married before the age of 18, by region.

Infographic: A quarter of the world's women were child brides | Statista

You will find more statistics at Statista.

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