But while it is illegal for children under 18 to marry, and awareness of the law is increasing, millions of Ethiopian girls remain at risk of being wed as children – increasing their vulnerability to adolescent pregnancy, maternal mortality, gender-based violence and poverty.
Is Forced marriage legal in Ethiopia?
Since 2004, the Ethiopian penal code forbids girls to get married before the age of 18, and punishes marriage by abduction with up to 20 years imprisonment. This is being seen as a real step forward according to a number of humanitarian agencies, but one which needs to be promoted and implemented.
Is child marriage illegal?
Child marriage is currently legal in 44 states (only Delaware, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island have set the minimum age at 18 and eliminated all exceptions), and 20 U.S. states do not require any minimum age for marriage, with a parental or judicial waiver.
What state has the youngest age to marry?
Massachusetts Massachusetts has the lowest minimum marriage age with parental consent of 14 years old for boys and 12 years old for girls.
What country has child brides?
Top countries for child marriageNiger* — 76%Central African Republic* — 68%Chad* — 67%Bangladesh* — 59%Mali* — 52%South Sudan* — 52%Burkina Faso — 52%Guinea — 51% •Jul 6, 2018