Project title: Not Ripe for Marriage – Using Drama, Durbars & Cultural songs and Dance competitions to end Child Early and Forced Marriages.
Project region: 4 Communities in Tolon District, Northern Region, Ghana
Period of implementation: 04/2018 – 01/2019.
Local partner: PAORP-VWC (Pan-African Organisation for Research and Protection of Violence on Women and Children)
In the Tolon District in Northern Ghana, 90% of the population live in rural areas. The average age is very low. Less than one third of the population is literate and only 37% of the literates are women. In this region, harmful traditional practices, in particular early and forced marriages are very common. Every forth girl in the region Northern Ghana is married before the age of 18. This goes along with sexual exploitation, child pregnancy as well as a high rate of school drop-outs among girls – with vast consequences. Despite national laws that outlaw early and forced marriage, traditions and habits lead families to ignore the age and the consent of girls when they are married. Thousands of girls are thus deprived of educational and professional opportunities as well as of an autonomous future.
Project costs: €12,099
This is a pilot project of KiRA with the new partner PAORP-VWC. The costs are covered by KiRA and PAORP-VWC.
Picture at top: sketch performed by children during a community event to raise awareness about the harms of early marriage. © Horst Buchmann
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