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Girls should not be forced into marriage – Queenmother

By
Regina Benneh, GNA

Beposo-Nyamoase (B/A), July 8, GNA – Nana
Afiah Owusuaah, the Atebubu Akwamuhemaa (Queenmother), has appealed to
parents who force their girl-children into early marriage in exchange of money
to desist from the menace.

She stated some parents engaged in such deals
ignorantly without considering the dangerous implications on the
future of their children.

Nana Owusuaah made the appeal when speaking at
a Girls Club Fair on: “Ending early child-marriage.”

It was organised by the Action Aid Ghana and
Social Development for an Improvement Agency), both non-governmental
organisations at Beposo-Nyamoase in the Atebubu-Amanten District of the Brong-
Ahafo Region.

The fair, attended by 100 girl’s from eight
schools.

She advised parents who made so much financial
and other material demands from their girl-children to stop that since it
forced them to engage in promiscuous acts which consequently affected their
future.

Nana Owusuaah observed that early girl-child
marriage affected the education and development of the victims such as dropping
out of school due to pregnancy and living without skills or trade.

She said the situation had brought about
poverty and hardship on the lives of such girls who were now living without any
hope.

Mr Kwame Afram Denkyira, the Regional
Programme Officer of Action Aid Ghana noted many young girls who were married
by old men had unfortunately become widows because of the unexpected
deaths of their husbands.

He expressed concern that such girls were now
“living in limbo” without knowing what the future held for them because they
were finding it difficult to go back to school. 

He gave the assurance that Action Aid would
continue to work effectively to ensure social justice and gender equality
in education in the Region and the nation in general.

Mr Gariba Issah Gado, the Presiding Member of
the Atebubu District Assembly, suggested the need for the enactment of bye-laws
to protect girl-children from being given into early marriage to promote their
education.

GNA

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