At what age: Early marriage and the right to education

tol chalkboard logoThe Right to Education Project (RTE) launched a new advocacy factsheet, At what Age?…Early marriage and the right to education, on the International Day of the Girl.  This new factsheet is based on RTE’s report At What Age…are school-children employed, married and taken to court? Trends over time (2011)which provides analysis of legal minimum age for education, marriage, employment and criminal responsibility across 187 countries and raises questions regarding the cross-section of these issues and their effect on the right to education.

The new advocacy factsheet is aimed at civil society organisations to enable them to advocate for legislation regarding the minimum age for marriage and the minimum age for leaving school.  It gives a brief overview of the issue of early marriage and its impact on education, highlighting statistical data, good practice in law and policy, as well as case studies. It also provides policy recommendations and suggests concrete actions to promote minimum age legislation.

It is accessible online and in PDF at:


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