Opinions on Minimum Marriage Ages for Girls

One of the tenets of the Moudawana set a minimum marriage age for girls, increasing the minimum age from 15 to 18. Therefore, we asked respondents to cite which age they believe is the minimum acceptable age for girls to marry. A plurality of men (34%) mention age 18 as the minimum acceptable age for women to be married, and a sizable proportion (22%) mention age 20. Seventeen percent of Moroccan men still believe women can be married at 17 years of age or younger. When tallying different ages given by men, we see that the average minimum age for a girl’s marriage according to men is 20 (Figure 9).