Country Sierra Leone
Year 2007
Type of Measure Violence against women > Legislation
Form of Violence Domestic violence/Intimate partner violence, Child, early and forced marriage

Brief Description


Article 34 of the Child Rights Act prohibits early and forced marriage as follows:

(1) The minimum age of marriage of whatever kind shall be eighteen years.
(2) No person shall force a child -
(a) to be betrothed;
(b) to be the subject of a dowry transaction; or
(c) to be married.
(3) Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, no certificate, licence or registration shall be granted in respect of any
marriage unless the registrar or other responsible officer is satisfied that the parties to the marriage are of the age of maturity.

The Child Rights Act 2007 also contains provisions related to the protection of children victims of domestic violence.

Full Text

Child Rights Act

Source of Information

Response of the Government of Sierra Leone to the questionnaire on violence against women 2010; CRC/C/OPSC/SLE/1 p.