Child Marriage

UNFPA is pushing for a Nepal free of violence for all women and girls and to prevent harmful practices, including child marriage. In Nepal, 41 percent of women aged 20 to 24 are married before they turn 18. The country has the third highest child marriage prevalence in South Asia.

Child marriage occurs more frequently among girls who are the least educated, poorest and living in rural areas. Investing in girls, developing their social and economic assets, giving them access to education and health services, and ensuring that they can postpone marriage until they are ready means greater dignity for women.

UNFPA is pushing for a Nepal free of violence for all women and girls and to prevent harmful practices, including child marriage. In Nepal, 41 percent of women aged 20 to 24 are married before they turn 18. The country has the third highest child marriage prevalence in South Asia.
Child marriage occurs more frequently among girls who are the least educated, poorest and living in rural areas. Investing in girls, developing their social and economic assets, giving them access to education and health services, and ensuring that they can postpone marriage until they are ready means greater dignity for women. In collaboration with the Government of Nepal the Fund is:

  • Strengthening national legal and policy frameworks on child marriage and marriage registration
  • Empowering adolescent girls
  • Engaging religious leaders as well as men and boys
  • Supporting to ongoing revision of curriculum on Comprehensive Sexuality Education
  • Mobilizing communities to promote public expressions of commitment, and declare child marriage-free VDCs.
  • Strengthening adolescent-friendly health services