Percentage of women aged 20-24 who were married or in a union before age 18 (i.e. child marriage)

This indicator is proposed as an indicator for Sustainable Development Target 05.3 Eliminate all harmful practices, such as child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation.

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Household surveys such as MICS and DHS. Included in the Minimum Set of Gender Indicators

UNICEF maintains a global database on the issue since 2003. Fully comparable data are available for some 117 low- and middle-income countries. UNICEF is also the agency responsible for reporting on this indicator as part of the UN expert group on gender indicators. UNFPA.

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