Formation and dissolution of unions

Modified on 2013/05/16 15:08 by Haoyi Chen — Categorized as: Chapter 2 - Population, households and families

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 age 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 system

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 system
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 among the divorced and 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