Child, early and forced marriage in Pakistan: A submission to OHCHR

Publication Author: 
Shirkat Gah – Women’s Resource Centre
December 2013
Child Marriages submission- Shirkat Gah - Women's Resource Centre - Pakistan.pdf157.03 KB

Despite national laws and international commitments, child marriage remains a real threat for many in Pakistan. According to the Pakistan Demographic and Household Survey (PDHS 2006-7), 13 percent of girls in the country are married by the time they are 15 and 40 percent by 18 years. 18% of Pakistani women have had their first birth by age 18; 9% have begun child bearing between 15-19 years and 7% are already mothers in those ages leading to one of the highest infant mortality rates in South Asia (PDHS 2006-7).