Compiled by the United Nations Statistics Division from information provided in the periodic country reports to the Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), available from the website, http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/cedaw.html (accessed June 2007), supplemented by data published by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division, “Results of the Eighth and Ninth United Nations inquiry on population and development”.
The legal age for marriage shown in the table is the legal minimum age at which marriage can be performed without parental consent. Marriage is defined in terms of the laws of the individual country or area. Exceptions to the legal minimum age are shown as applicable.
(Source: United Nations Statistics Division)