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 Child Marriage
we will address Lack of awareness on the negative impact of child marriage and the low level of importance accorded to girl-child education.
by by holding Community Conversations with traditional, community, faith and opinion leaders to raise the minimum age for marriage and to set secondary education as a requirement for girls to complete in order to get married. Empowering girls will the knowledge and skill to stay in school, supporting them with educational materials and life skills through girl-centered empowerment clubs in and out of school using the Safe Spaces Model.
Our Project Plan:
- To reduce the risk of child marriage and high school drop out rates among girls by 45% through Community Conversations to raise awareness in 5 high prevalent communities of the Tolon district and establishing 5 in and out of school girl-centered empowerment clubs by December, 2019 to empower 250 girls.
We will increase my / our compassion by...
Engaging young people to interact directly with the beneficiaries so that they can feel comfortable to provide us with relevant insights that we can use to continuously improve upon our work through Participatory Ethnographic Evaluation Research (PEER Research)
How will you show courage?
We will stand in for the rights of the girl-child to attain the highest level education before she decide whom and when to married. Our project will also provide temporal shelters and foster homes with the supportive community leaders and other stakeholders to take care of the girls withing a short period before they transit to school.
How will you collaborate with others?
We will colaboraate with the Child Marriage Unit at the Gender ministry in Ghana, Partner with local CSOs already working with girls and women in the district to leverage their expertise to strengthen the impact of our project. We will also work with Private or profit making venture/companies to support our campaigns as when a girl-child is educated, the whole community benefits
How will you know you are moving in the right direction? (What are specific ways you can measure your impact?)
The safe space model needs to be monitored on an ongoing basis to track its development, identify gaps, and ensure quality activities and referrals. Monitoring the safety of the space is also an important consideration in the Ghanaian context With our over 10 years Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, we will fully deploy the tools we have been using for the past years and tailoring them to meet the project goals and objectives. We will measure our impact using the indicators below: • Availability of a monitoring and evaluation plan; • Training of selected workers and staff on effective monitoring of programme activities; • Monitoring of the participation of women and girls for each kind of activity; • Use of client feedback surveys; • Monitoring, via agency staff, the quality of the activities, workers’ skill levels and attitudes, and adequacy of supplies and logistics supports; • Use of participatory methods of monitoring and evaluation that engage women and girls and invite views of community members; and • Arranging for inter-agency collaborative evaluations, when possible, to improve coordination and yield conclusions that apply more widely. Number of participants taking an active role in our activities
- Recruit and training data collectors. Organize workshop on community engagement and entry Pilot the MEL tools with a small sample in the beneficiary communities. Revise the MEL tools to ensures it will work or readjust our strategy if the current tools is not working.