Key Facts about child marriage in Bangladesh
Bangladesh is home to 38 million child brides, including currently married girls along with women who were first married in childhood. Of these, 13 million married before age 15.
Fifty-one per cent of young women in Bangladesh were married before their 18th birthday.
Bangladesh ranks among the top 10 countries in the world with the highest levels of child marriage.
A girl’s risk of child marriage is influenced by certain background characteristics. Child brides are somewhat more likely to reside in rural areas and to live in poorer households , and are less likely to have more than a secondary education.
Married girls are over four times more likely to be out of school than unmarried girls.
Nearly 5 in 10 child brides gave birth before age 18, and 8 in 10 gave birth before age 20.
The practice of child marriage is less common today than in previous generations.
Declines in the practice have been observed across wealth groups, with more progress seen among the richest
Meeting the SDG target to end child marriage by 2030, or the national target to end child marriage by 2041, will require a major push. Progress must be at least 8 times faster than the rate observed over the past decade to meet the national target, or 17 times faster to meet the SDG target.