This project is to be implemented in the Northern Region of Ghana, which is characterised by poverty, job insecurity, food insecurity, high illiteracy rates, high rates of child marriage, high rates of school dropouts, lack of infrastructure development, and out-migration of the economically active segments of the population. All these factors add to the growing rate of child marriage, teenage pregnancies and high mortality rate.
In Ghana, female teenagers of 13 years are being forced into early marriage and betrothal, a lower-middle-income country child marriage is prohibited under the constitution and by law. According to the Ghanaian constitution of 1992, any person under the age of 18 is a child and can therefore not marry or be married off. This is underscored by the 1998 Children's Act, which sets the legal age of marriage at 18 for both boys and girls.
Awareness creation and adoption of 'National Strategic Framework on Ending Child Marriage in Ghana 2017-2026' to guide CIWED. Also, an intervention that will create a safe space for adolescents especially the girl child to discuss their SRH issues and access the right information and service without the fear of prejudice; thus formation of Child Rights Clubs (CRC), the institutionalisation of Community Child Protection Committees (CCPC) to respond to all child protection issues in this areas.
The project seeks to reduce the pervasiveness of child early and forced marriage in Ghana with our focus on Sagnarigu district. In the realisation of this objective, several positives actions will be outline to carry out and among these are empowering schoolchildren and CBOs to engage the community and enhance the rate of girls retained in school. These actions will have positive significance on the Sagnarigu environment. In reducing child marriage consequently reduces its effects, and promotion