Formation and dissolution of unions

Modified on 2015/05/22 14:51 by Sean Zheng — Categorized as: Chapter 2 - Population, households and families

Table II.23

From gender issues to gender statistics on formation and dissolution of unions: illustrative examples


Policy-relevant questions Data needed Sources of data
Are girls entering marriage or informal unions before the age of 18 or the national minimum legal age at marriage? Age at first marriage or union by sex.



Marital status by sex and age.
Household surveys.
Population censuses.
Civil registration systems.

Household surveys.
Population censuses.
Do men remarry more often than women? Marriages by sex and rank of marriage.


Marital status by sex and rank of marriage.
Civil registration systems.
Household surveys.

Household surveys.
Are polygynous unions prevalent? What is the proportion of women and men involved in this type of union and what is the age gap between husbands and wives? Detailed marital status by sex and age.
Age of partners in polygynous unions by sex.
Household surveys.
Are women more likely than men to be divorced separated? Marital status by sex and age. Population censuses.
Household surveys.
Population registers.
Is widowhood more common for women than for men? Is early widowhood prevalent for women? Marital status by sex and age. Population censuses.
Household surveys.
Population registers.