Action Aid forms girls’ clubs to end child-marriage

Zebilla (U/E), Action-Aid-Ghana has begun a two-year project aimed at forming girls’ clubs and equipping them with knowledge to fight child-marriages in the society.

The project seeks to equip girls’ clubs with the knowledge, skills and attitude to resist child-marriages and also focus on reducing the socio-cultural practices that promote the concern in the communities.

The project, ‘Ending Child-Marriage’, is supported by the United Nations Initiative on Child Education Fund (UNICEF).

In this regard a girls’ club fair was held on Wednesday to bring together girls from communities under the Bawku West District of the Upper East Region to interact with them on the need to end child marriage.

Mr Osman Musah, the Project Coordinator for Action-Aid in the Upper East Region, said girls are most vulnerable and needed to be empowered to combat all forms of violence and other unacceptable practices.

Mr Musah said since the inception of the campaign, Action-Aid Ghana had been actively engaging youth groups, giving them education to promote their rights and supporting them to champion issues affecting them.

He said girls are assets to society and called on stakeholders including parents, the traditional authority, political leaders and school authorities to protect them and allow them to grow so that they can play useful roles in the society.

Mr Musah urged the traditional authority to collaborate with the district assemblies to institute measures such as bye-laws that would prevent people from promoting child marriages in communities.

Mr David Naa-ire, the Coordinating Director of the Bawku West District Assembly, said the contribution of women towards national development is vital and the assembly is committed to work with other stakeholders to help stop child marriages in the society.

He said there is a high female child population in the district and that if the needed resources are devoted towards their development, the area would see tremendous growth in the coming years.

Source: Ghana News Agency