Ages 20-24

Ages 25-29

Time 1c 1970-1989

Time 2 1990-2000

Annual Change

Time 1c 1970-1989

Time 2 1990-2000

Annual Change

77.2

65.6

−.71

89.2

83.4

−.38

85.1

78.6

−.40

93.5

92.3

−.05

60.1

45.9

−1.19

95.9

91.6

−.36

80.6

77.4

−.30

93.7

93.4

−.02

61.2

54.0

−.70

85.0

80.7

−.42

59.4

56.1

−.35

81.0

79.3

−.20

51.1

51.3

.03

75.9

76.0

.00

64.5

54.6

−.95

87.7

81.4

−.58

70.8

63.9

−.56

91.6

89.4

−.18

eFormer Soviet Asia includes former Soviet Republics in South-central and Western Asia.

f15-19-year-old married data not available for Argentina, Survey 1.

gData for Bahrain limited to 15-19 age group, other data in nonstandard age groups.

SOURCES: United Nations Population Division Database on Marriage Patterns (Pop/1/DB/2000/3), 73 countries, 1960-2001. See Appendix Table 7-1a for list of countries.

the world, substantial proportions are still marrying extremely early. Indeed, as Table 7-5 indicates, in six of seven regions, at least one-fifth of women currently ages 20-24 married prior to age 18. The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child defines childhood as extending to the age of 18. Thus, according to these data, outside China, 38 percent of women in developing countries marry as minors.

Recently, Demographic and Health Surveys have been conducted among men in a number of countries in sub-Saharan Africa, Central America and the Caribbean, and the former Soviet Asia. However, only in sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America are there a sufficient number of countries with male surveys to aggregate the data and generate regional averages.6Table 7-7 provides regional data on the percentage of men

6  

In three other countries, male marriage data are available: Armenia, Kazakhstan, and Turkey.



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