Polygamy in Sierra Leone

Polygamy is prohibited under Sierra Leone’s Penal Code. Polygamy is authorised in customary marriages, where a man can take as many wives as he wishes.[1]

Prevalence of polygamy

37 percent of married women in Sierra Leone were in polygamous marriages in 2008.[2] 29.7% of married girls aged 15-19 reported that their husband had more than one wife.[3]


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