Polygamy in the Central African Republic

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While polygyny is legal in the Central African Republic, it has been reported that the more well-educated women living in the nation have tended to oppose it, favoring a monogamous marriage instead. The country's legal code allows a man to take up to four wives, but he must decide on the nature of his future marriages before is allowed to contract his first. In other words, if a man plans to marry one to three more women in the future, he must make this clear: otherwise, he will not be allowed to marry additional women if he later changes his mind.[1]


  1. ^ OECD (20 February 2010). Atlas of Gender and Development How Social Norms Affect Gender Equality in non-OECD Countries. OECD Publishing. p. 206. ISBN 9264077472. The practice of polygamy is legal in the Central African Republic but faces growing resistance among educated women