ASK4Girls to End Child Marriage Within a Generation (Access, Services and Knowledge for girls to end Child marriage)
A Peacemaking Project by Abass H.
What is the injustice we are solving?
Child Marriage is a fundamental violation of Human Rights. It is defined in Ghanaian context as a formal marriage or informal union before age 18. It affects both boys and girls in the most remote areas of Northern part of Ghana, but girls are disproportionately affected by the practice, severely impacting negatively on their lives. It brings a premature end to girls' childhood and adolescence by imposing adult roles and responsibility before she is physically, psychologically and emotionally prepared. Child brides are automatically forced to give up their education, and are unable to build the skills, knowledge and qualifications they need to have the opportunity to shape their own futures. The practice in Northern Ghana restricts girls freedom and decision-making power; causes social isolation following girls' separation from their friends and family; leads to unwanted or coerced sexual intercourse, increase vulnerability to HIV and AIDS and other sexual transmitted infections, and physical, emotional or sexual violence and also severely impact negatively on their health and well-being of the child bride who often become pregnant before her body is ready and subsequently experience complications during pregnancy resulting in disability or even death.
Our Compassionate Solution:
To solve this injustice of Raise awareness on the importance of girl-child education
we will address by holding Community Conversations
by The project team and stakeholders