Gov’t charged to enforce laws against child marriage

  |   Ghana News

Government has been charged to quickly enforce the country’s laws against child marriage to help safeguard the future of girls in the country. Anna Nabere, Project Manager of Plan International Ghana's Girls Advocacy Alliance Project, said it is about time that provisions in the laws spelling out punishment to those who engage in such acts are robustly put into action to serve as a deterrent to others.

The Constitution, the Children’s Act and the Criminal Code all make provisions for the jailing and fining of those who perpetuate or encourage child marriage but statistics indicate it is still prevalent, particularly in the northern part of the country. It is estimated that about one in every four females in Ghana married before the age of 18 with the rate being higher in the Northern, Upper East and Upper West Regions.

“More action is needed from the state agencies to deal with the problem so that everyone stays away from such behaviours that have the potential to destroy the future of our girls,” Anna Nabere noted. She was speaking when the Girls’ Advocacy Alliance took journalists on a field visit to the Baware and Kwamoso communities in the Eastern Region as part of efforts to sensitise them on the negative impact of sexual abuse against girls.

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