Child Marriages Form 15% of All Marriages in Egypt

Child Marriages Form 15% of All Marriages in Egypt

Credit: AA
Credit: AA

Fifteen percent of all marriages in Egypt are child marriages, announced Egypt’s Minister of Population Hala Youssef on Thursday.

Despite Egypt changing the legal age of marriage to 18 in 2008, child marriage continues across the country and particularly in underprivileged areas, said Youssef.

According to a study published by the National Council for Women in 2013, 22 percent of girls are married before the age of eighteen.

Following the new revelations, Egypt’s Population Minister announced that the government, in cooperation with the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS), would commence a new study that would determine the scale of child marriages in Giza, Assuit, Sohag and Sharqia.

Minister Youssef said that this move would allow the state to effectively tackle child marriages, particularly since child marriages impede women’s and children’s rights.


According to a 2001 study, 29 percent of married children have been beaten by their husbands (or others) and of these children, 41 percent have been beaten during pregnancy. A more recent study in 2014 by the American University in Cairo’s Social Research Center, in partnership with the Ford Foundation, found that 27 percent of women married before the age of 18 had been physically abused by their husbands.

Girls in Egypt can be as young as 11 when they get married.
Girls in Egypt can be as young as 11 when they get married.

Moreover, early marriage is detrimental to a child’s education. According to Plan, “exposing young girls to marriage has a very negative impact on their physical and psychological health. It reduces their chances to complete an education and negatively impacts their ability to participate at the economic and social levels.”

In studies, UNICEF agrees, finding that “healthy, educated and empowered women are more likely to have healthy, educated and confident children.”

‘Sold’ for sex

Egyptian girls are often married off temporarily in exchange for a sum that is often arranged by the parents and the temporary husband.

According to the 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report, individuals from the Gulf “purchase Egyptian women and girls for ‘temporary’ or ‘summer’ marriages for the purpose of prostitution or forced labor; these arrangements are often facilitated by the victims’ parents and marriage brokers, who profit from the transaction.”

One of the common ways to ‘sell girls’ for temporary marriages is through ‘marriage brokers’. Marriage brokers take girls as young as 11 from underprivileged Egyptian villages to wealthy Arab visitors. A one day ‘pleasure marriage’ can be arranged for as little as EGP 800 ($US 100). The sum is then split between the child’s parents and the marriage broker.

Summer marriages, however, have become more common and can be arranged for costs ranging from EGP 20,000 ($US 2,500) to EGP 70,000 ($US 9,000).

In a 2013 statement, Egypt’s Child Anti-Trafficking Unit at the National Council for Childhood and Motherhood condemned child marriages as prostitution. According to Al-Arabiya, the Director of the Unit said that some girls had been married 60 times by the time they turn 18.

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  • Hussein

    First time he got married was at the age of 25.

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  • So, still 15% of Egypt’s population is Muslim Brotherhood? I hope Sisi can clean them out completely soon.

  • Third Wheel

    16 Organisations Working to Stop Child Marriage

    Between 2011 and 2020, more than 140 million girls will become child brides, according to United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

    “Child marriage is an appalling violation of human rights and robs girls of their education, health and long-term prospects… A girl who is married as a child is one whose potential will not be fulfilled.”

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  • mark

    So thats at least 15% of muslim men are following muhamads example of paedophilia

  • Kericjang

    Importing Islam in our multiculti EU means to pay respect to other’s life-style. Like corporal punishment, women’s underdog position, polygamy, chopping off of hands.
    Since Angela Merkel restated that “Islam is part of Germany”, Obama indicated “Islam
    being foundation of European Enlightenment” and Mogherini welcomes “more Islam”, we have to carefully consider the teachings and example of the Seal of the Prophets.
    Not Muslims have to integrate in the West, but the West in Islam…

  • Kris Borca

    Mohammad is to blame. He claimed that Allah said he’s the ultimate role model, and he married Aisha at SIX, and raped her (that’s what sex with a child is) at only NINE years-old. A child is not capable of determining whether they should have sex or not, and who they will spend the rest of their lives with. I blame Mohammad.

    • mark

      Dont forget he also practiced the arab/islamic thighing from 6 to 9… using her for masturbation.

    • he was a disgusting monster. a piece of garbage. I actually hate mohammed. Such a piece of sh*t

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  • nowthinkaboutit

    Here’s another uneducated fool says this happens in America….yes kids are sold into slave labor everyday everywhere but this is prostitution and marriage of kids and the govt is totally ok with it…..genius

  • nowthinkaboutit

    This has been happening since the days of pbuh Mohamed he married girls as young as 7…… The shari3aaa says this OKKK……

  • Luxor1

    Did no one see the news this morning???? 10’s of thousands of young girls sold in America every year, this is a worldwide problem, not just an Egyptian one. Thankfully people are trying to stop it…. Abusing children is wrong in any country, in any walk of life. Rich people will always take advantage of the poor and uneducated.

    • mark

      Molesting children, boys as well as girls fully sanctioned under islam because muhamad did it!!

  • Chicken McPhee

    Uncivilized fucking country.

    • steven

      your logic 15% = everyone uncivilised
      nice mate !

      • Jake Gustafson

        100% are allowing it to happen.

        • steven

          “Minister Youssef said that this move would allow the state to effectively tackle child marriages, particularly since child marriages impede women’s and children’s rights.”
          you either didn’t read the article, or had problems understanding it because i’m pretty sure the article is about a disgusting yet existing problem that’s being tackled

          • Duke of Hazzard

            Around 900,000 marriages a year in Egypt x 15% = 135,000 child “brides” a year! Disgusting and uncivilized!

          • steven

            oh yeah 135,000 out of 90+ million of people in Egypt
            the kkk is in America so America is disgusting black hating country
            the Russian government banned gay marriage everyone there must be homophobes
            Isis is in the middle east so all Arabs must be terrorist !
            America has the highest rate of school shootings they must be all uncivilised violent animals
            Norway and japan whale they must all be animal haters and not respect the wildlife
            ^this is your logic !
            i’m no way justifying this act but the fact that fact that the government is publicising numbers and trying to act says otherwise against your statement !

          • Duke of Hazzard

            It’s not 135,000 people out of 90 million. It’s 135,000 marriages every year. In just 10 years that is 1,350,000 rapes. The KKK makes me sick, but they don’t recruit 135,000 members every year. Not even close. Nice try though.

          • Persephone

            and somehow, you didn’t actually dispute any of his point.

      • Chicken McPhee

        Look, if 15% of people still think this is ok, and the other 85% aren’t doing shit to stop it and just accept it as “eh, happens” what do you call it? I’m not saying everyone is like that, there will be people who will find it horrifying, but looking sideways while this is happening….People would go to jail for that shit in a civilized country. In a non-civilized country, people don’t go to jail for that, it’s a custom.

  • Third Wheel

    Sick un-evolved males.. Abusing girls for their vile lust.. Disgusting, and heart breaking.

    • Jake Gustafson

      Sick un-evolved moms..Allowing their daughter to be sold off for sex. Disgusting, and heart breaking.

      • Third Wheel

        Oh boy, a useless Troll seeing what trouble he can cause.. If you don’t have something nice to say.. Shut the fuck up Stupid!

        • -_-

          Why the hell would he need to be responsible for this if he didn’t do it?

          • -_-

            And yes, ofc I think this is sickening. (the news story)

      • Luke101

        The point is, the Main Obligation of adult males in any society, is to PROTECT the innocence of children – male or female, and protect weaker members of society from abuse. Islam does THE EXACT OPPOSITE.

    • Duke of Hazzard

      Sick un-evolved people. There, fixed it for you!


    another shocker—child abuse and summer child marriages Disgusting!


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