Child Marriage Monitoring Mechanism (CMMM)

Ending Child Marriage. Charting Brighter Futures

September 19, 2022

The Child Marriage Monitoring Mechanism relies on the power of data to accelerate progress in ending child marriage by 2030, as called for by the Sustainable Development Goals.

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The CMMM is a multi-stakeholder initiative which strives to promote data use in the effort to eliminate child marriage. It seeks to put forth evidence to hold stakeholders accountable and to support national and global convenings to renew commitments. The Monitoring Mechanism will provide easy access to relevant statistical information across several indicators related to child marriage and contribute towards meeting the demand for informed policy and programmatic action.

Child marriage and the related challenges facing adolescent girls have gained increased attention in global and national frameworks, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). However, the resultant action and resources remain inadequate.  By putting the right data in the right hands, the CMMM will help guide investiments and foster accountability.

UNICEF serves as a technical lead for the Child Marriage Monitoring Mechanism in light of its role as custodian agency for SDG 5.3.1 on child marriage and within the existing monitoring infrastructure. The initiative is supported by a Strategic Advisory Group (SAG) consisting of 10 key stakeholders with the requisite expertise and insight to drive action, collaborations and investments.


Among other products and initiatives, the Monitoring Mechanism is promoting data use through the website which showcases global, regional, national and subnational data on child marriage and its correlates. The website provides accessible visualization of complex data so that they can be readily understood by policymakers, advocates, civil society organizations and programme professionals.

Facilitating data use in the last decade of action for the SDGs will also require more interactive approaches and active engagement with Governments. Thus, the CMMM will regularly convene key stakeholders around data, demonstrating pathways and actions for progress and highlighting areas requiring attention and course correction.