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NGO calls for multi-sectoral approach to fight child marriage

By
Dennis Peprah, GNA
      

Fiapre, (B/A), July 9,
GNA – Ms Grace Adomako, a project Co-ordinator of the Global Media Foundation
(GLOMEF) a non-governmental organisation, has called for a multi-sectoral
approach to tackle the alarming trend of child marriage in the country.

She said though Ghana
was signatory to a number of international conventions that criminalised child
marriage, the practice had gain roots.

She commended the
government for the national strategic plan designed to fight child, explaining
that the measures ought to be intensified to augment such efforts.

Ms Adomako made the
call when speaking at a church service at the Fiapre Zion Presbyterian Church
in line with an outreach project on ending child marriage being implemented by
the NGO in the Brong-Ahafo Region.

She said child
marriages were rife notably in Upper East, Upper West, Northern and Brong-Ahafo
regions.

Ms Adomako indicated
that the government and her assigned institutions could not shoulder the
responsibility to fighting the practice alone and appealed to churches and
Muslim leaders to support the efforts.

She advised girls to
avoid pre-marital sex and cautioned those who could not control their sexual
desires to guard against unprotected sex.

Mr Raphael Godlove
Ahenu, the founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of GlOMEF, appealed to the
public to help identify perpetrators to be prosecuted.

He said teenage
pregnancy and some traditional values were the major driving force to child
marriages in the society.

The CEO explained that
the three-year project dubbed: “Stop the clock: say no to child
marriage,” was being funded by his NGO and aimed at intensifying community
education as a means to tackle the practice.

Mr Ahenu entreated
parents to endeavour to provide the needs of their girls and also draw them
closer to them.

He said the adolescent
people should not be denied sex education as they remained sexually active.

Catechist Grace Ofori
Boakye the Overseer of the Church charged Christians to guard against sinful
pleasures.

Describing sin as a
dictator, Catechist Boakye asked Christians to be watchful so that it could not
take them back into bondage.

Preaching on the
theme: “come unto me,” she expressed discomfort that despite the
saving grace of God through Jesus Christ, many Christians were still in the
bondage of fornication, alcoholism, liars and backbiting.

This, she explained
was why Satan had the power over to afflict some Christians.

GNA

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