The highlighted age refers to an age at or above which an individual can engage in unfettered sexual relations with another person who is also at or above that age.
Other variables, for example homosexual and/or sodomy provision(s) that are illegal or close in age exceptions may exist and are stated when relevant.
"Heterosexual sodomy" (anal and/or oral sex with an opposite-sex partner) and all same-sex sexual conduct was illegal until January 2014 when President Museveni blocked the anti-gay law.
Effectively this means the age of consent is lower than 18, especially in rural areas; in 2007, 13.6% of married women under the age of 50 married before the age of 18.
The law, however, is not enforced; nearly 20% of girls are married by the age of 15.
Early childhood marriage is especially common in rural areas, where some girls are married as young as 7 years old.
During the Gaddafi government, the regular age of consent was 18, but 16 years old women could be married as long the parents consented. After the 2011 revolution, the age of consent limit was removed.