Child marriage

Bangladesh still has some of the highest rates of child marriage worldwide. More than half of all girls are married before the legal age of 18. Girls who get married are often under pressure to give birth to a child early into marriage.

Teenage girls have a lower Contraceptive Prevalence Rate than other women and a higher unmet need for Family Planning. Teenage pregnancy puts the lives of both mothers and babies at risk.

Bangladesh still has some of the highest rates of child marriage worldwide. More than half of all girls are married before the legal age of 18. Girls who get married are often under pressure to give birth to a child early into marriage.

Teenage girls have a lower Contraceptive Prevalence Rate than other women and a higher unmet need for Family Planning. Teenage pregnancy puts the lives of both mothers and babies at risk.

UNFPA has worked with partners to develop a National Action Plan to end child marriage in Bangladesh and is working together with national partners to deter girls from being married at too young an age.