Child Marriage in Ghana (Video)

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A community alert campaign to end forced and early child marriage has been launched at Dondoli, a suburb of Wa in the Upper West Region.

The initiative seeks to create awareness about child marriage and its implications on society.

The child marriage free community alert campaign is in response to the systemic challenges of the practice across sections of Ghanaian communities.

These challenges lead to perpetual cycles of poverty, diseases, low social status, illiteracy, and poor adult life.

Executive director of PPAG, Abena Adubea Amoah, expressed worry over inconsistencies in tackling child marriage and urged parents to stop giving out their children in marriage.

The domestic violence and victims support unit, DOVVSU, station officer at the regional police command, chief inspector Stella Niabi, outlined the laws against child marriage.

In Ghana, 1 in 5 girls aged between 20 and 24 is married before the age of 18.

Though the prevalence of child marriage in the country has declined over the past three decades, progress has not been even within the regions.

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