Prevention of Child Marriage: Acceleration that cannot wait

In 2018, 1 of 9 girls aged 20-24 in Indonesia was married before reaching age 18, a situation which often refers to as child marriage. Adolescence is supposed to be a period for physical, emotional, and social development prior to entering adulthood.

Child marriage is often interlinked with the fact that it violates the child’s human rights, and also limits their options and opportunities. Every child is entitled to survival, growth, and development, as well as to protection from violence and discrimination as mandated in the 1945 Constitution of the Republic of Indonesia.

This publication is a collaborative work between the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), BPS, and Bappenas, with technical support from the Center on Child Protection and Wellbeing at Universitas Indonesia (PUSKAPA). The data shown herein are those on child marriage and its interconnection to various aspects, such as education, well-being, social protection, fertility and health, and manpower.