Basic Profile of Child Marriage in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Chata Malé and
No 105918, Health, Nutrition and Population (HNP) Knowledge Briefs from The World Bank
Measures of child marriage are high in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The share of women ages 18-22 who married as children is 35.9 percent, but it has declined over time. The share of girls marrying very early, before the age of 15, at just under 10 percent has also declined. 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: literacy; knowledge; number of girls; age of marriage; children; education; policies; investment; population knowledge; child; households; values; woman; participation ... See More + schooling; child marriage; age; laws; enrollment; men; first marriage; groups; population; levels of education; law; girls; labor force; students; developing countries; interventions; primary education; fertility; marriage; women; primary school; nutrition; residence; early marriage; secondary education; development goals; rural girls; will; sustainable development; bulletin; age at marriage; health risks; policy; older women; inequality; child marriage series (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Working Paper: Basic Profile of Child Marriage in the Democratic Republic of Congo (2016)
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