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Basic Profile of Child Marriage in the Republic of Congo

Chata Malé and Quentin Wodon

No 105914, Health, Nutrition and Population (HNP) Knowledge Briefs from The World Bank

Abstract: Measures of child marriage are high in the Republic of Congo. The share of women ages 18-22 who married as children is 34.0 percent, and it has decreased only slightly over time. The share of girls marrying very early, before the age of 15, has also declined slightly. Child marriage is associated with lower wealth, lower education levels, and higher labor force participation. These are however only correlations, not necessarily causal effects. In order to design programs and policies to reduce child marriage, information is needed on the trend in the practice over time, where it is most prevalent in a country, and what the characteristics of girls marrying early are. This brief was produced as part of the Child Marriage Series.

Keywords: age of marriage; policies; values; woman; participation; age; child marriage; schooling; laws; enrollment; groups; levels of education; labor force; age groups; developing ... See More + countries; nutrition; development goals; health risks; bulletin; sustainable development; will; policy; older women; literacy; knowledge; number of girls; children; education; investment; population knowledge; child; households; men; first marriage; population; law; girls; students; interventions; fertility; primary education; marriage; women; international center for research on women; primary school; early marriage; residence; secondary education; rural girls; inequality; child marriage series (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 4 pages
Date: 2016-03
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