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Policy Brief on : Child Marriage in Jordan

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The Higher Population Council (HPC) regards the marriage of underage girls as a violation of the legitimate human rights to education, personal development, free and informed choice of a marriage partner, marriage compatibility and the right to establish proper family relationships. This violation negatively affects the quality of life and reproductive health of girls. It also has negative economic implications, hinders the ability of families to properly raise their children and build future generations, and poses a threat to the demographics of society and the efforts to benefit from the demographic transition that Jordan is experiencing.



HPC had conducted a study on the marriage of underage girls in Jordan, which has served as the basis of this policy brief. The policy brief consists of several parts; the first part identifies the problem on various levels and shows that in 2015 out of every 10 married women in Jordan two were married as minors, 1 out of every 10 married Jordanian women was married as a minor, and 4 out of every 10 married Syrian women in Jordan were married as minors. The policy brief also reveals that there is an upward trend nationally in the number of child marriages, mainly driven by the number of marriages involving Syrians, and that there has been a recent upward trend in the numbers of marriages involving underage Jordanian females since 2013.


The second part of the policy brief overviews the current situation of married underage girls and reveals that these girls are less educated, have the lowest participation in the economy, have limited health coverage and their husbands often lack stable jobs. The third part focuses on the causes of child marriage in Jordan, including the desire to be relieved of the financial burden of providing for girls in the family, repeated failure in school, the desire to be rid of the responsibility of protecting the honor of girls, customs and traditions and social upbringing. Moreover, the Policy Brief highlights the main health, psychological and social implications of child marriage on girls. 


This policy brief tested seven suggested policies to address this issue and listed them in order of priority as follows:

  1. Address the reasons that lead girls to drop out of school and make education compulsory up to the secondary level.
  2. Develop and implement a comprehensive awareness plan on child marriage and its negative side effects on individuals, families, children and the society as a whole.
  3. Provide financial support as well as family guidance and counselling to families that seek to marry off their daughters due to poverty and poor financial conditions.
  4. Abolish the exception in paragraph (b) of clause (10) of the Civil Status Law
  5. Enhance remedies and prevention programs and services related to child marriage
  6. Develop a national strategy on child marriage.
  7. Re-orient the focus of scientific research towards identifying gaps in interventions aimed at protecting girls, and treat child marriage as a serious matter.