In Niger, if a young man is interested in a girl, he will sneak up to the home which she shares with her parents and tickle her ear. If they are successful in enticing them, they will wed. Before the ceremony (which will take place during a full moon), a goat is sacrificed to purify the site and the bride has her face decorated with pale red crosses and pastel-colored dots on her cheeks. After the wedding, a camel will be made to dance for the guests along to a drum beat.

Are civil partnerships permitted?


Niger does not legally recognize same-sex unions.

legal age of consent


polygamy legal status


Niger ranks 1st in the countries with the highest child marriage rates.

Niger has the highest rate of child marriage in the world. Every 3 in 4 girls marry before their 18th birthday. In some areas, the rates are even higher: in the region of Diffa, 89% of girls marry as children.

Married by 15


Married by 18