MICS4 Survey Design Workshop Background Marriage before the age of 18 is a reality for many young women. According to UNICEF's estimates, around 65 million women aged 20-24 were married or in union before the age of 18. Child marriage compromises the girls development and often results in early pregnancy and social isolation World Fit for Children target: End harmful traditional or customary practices, such as early and forced marriage [...] which violate the rights of children and women
Prevalence of child marriage MICS4 Survey Design Workshop
MICS Indicators # 8.6 - Marriage before age 15 Proportion of women age 15-49 years who were first married or in union by the exact age of 15 # 8.7 - Marriage before age 18 Proportion of women age 20-49 years who were first married or in union by the exact age of 18 # 8.8 - Young women age 15-19 years currently married or in union
MICS4 Survey Design Workshop MICS Indicators # 8.9 - Polygyny Proportion of women age 15-49 years who are in a polygynous union Only applicable in countries where polygyny is practiced Requires customization of questionnaire if not asked (add skips in MA2) # 8.10a & # 8.10b - Spousal age difference Proportion of women currently married or in union whose spouse is 10 or more years older (a) for women age 15-19 years, (b) for women age 20-24 years
MICS4 Survey Design Workshop Methodological issues Trends in the proportion of women married/in union before age 18 can be obtained by comparing age cohorts (20-24, 25-29, 30-34…) Spousal age differences are produced using the age of the current husband, even if formerly married
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