AU hails Ghana’s campaign launched to end child marriage

The African Union (AU) has hailed Ghana's launching of AU Campaign to End Child Marriage in Africa.

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In an effort to strengthen and accelerate national consciousness and action towards ending child marriage, the Government of Ghana has now launched the Campaign, said an AU statement on Monday.

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Ghana is the 11th African nation to launch the AU Campaign.

Mustapha Sidiki Kaloko, AU Commissioner for Social Affairs, congratulated the Government of Ghana on the bold step of launching the Campaign and a national strategy on ending child marriage.

The Commissioner emphasized the need to ensure that the implementation of the strategy reaches the communities mostly affected by the harmful practice of child marriage, and encouraged all stakeholders to work collectively to ensure the campaign delivers the required change and relief for young girls and adolescents.

The AU Campaign to End Child Marriage was launched at the continental level in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in May, 2014.

The Ghanaian campaign launched in Accra at the State Banquet Hall, and was hosted by Lordina Mahama, First Lady of Ghana and President of OAFLA, according to the statement.

The Ghanaian First Lady underlined the need for immediate and widespread action in addressing the implications of child marriage as well as the disempowerment of African girls and women.

In Ghana, despite the legal age of marriage being 18 for both girls and boys, 21 percent of Ghanaian girls are married before 18, with rates as high as 50 percent in the northern part of the country, according to the statement. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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