Ending child marriage: A profile of progress in Bangladesh


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.