Ghana: Protection from child trafficking, early and forced marriage


Project region: Northern Region, Ghana


Period of implementation:

1st June 2019 – 30th September 2022. The project has been closed.


Local partner: PAORP-VWC (Pan-African Organisation for Research and Protection of Violence on Women and Children)


Several publications in English and in local languages have been edited to help spread awareness and knowledge on children's rights in Ghana. First, traditional proverbs and sayings have been collected. Second, a manual on the legal framework regarding birth registration, early and forced mariage as well as child trafficking was issued in collaboraion between PAORP-VWC and KiRA. You can download the documents here:

Proverbs and traditional sayings in English
PDF-Dokument [2.9 MB]
Proverbs and traditional sayings in Bassari
PDF-Dokument [2.9 MB]
Proverbs and traditional sayings in Dagbani
PDF-Dokument [3.0 MB]
Proverbs and traditional sayings in Konkomba
PDF-Dokument [2.9 MB]
Child Rights Manual in English
PDF-Dokument [48.9 MB]
Child Rights Manual in Bassari
PDF-Dokument [1.5 MB]
Child Rights Manual in Dagbani
PDF-Dokument [1.3 MB]
Child Rights Manual in Konkomba
PDF-Dokument [2.0 MB]

Project Background

In Northern Ghana, 90% of the population live in rural areas. Due to poverty, low school education and little knowledge about the risks to children, harmful practices such as child trafficking (currently the world's third largest criminal activity) and early marriage are very common. Every forth girl in the Northern Region in 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. Despite national laws that outlaw early and forced marriage, families continue to marry their girls at a young age without taking their age or consent into account. Thousands of girls are thus deprived of educational and professional opportunities. In addition they often obtain physical and emotional long-term consequences from early child bearing.

Project Aims

Overall aim: Contribute to end harmful traditional practices, especially child, early, and forced marriage (CEFM), and child trafficking in the Northern Region of Ghana.

  • Awareness of child rights has increased in the project area and State and civil society representatives responsible for child protection actively contribute to protect children more effectively from harmful traditional practices such as CEFM, and child trafficking.
  • Trained media representatives are aware of their role in protecting children and know how they can help educate the public about child rights and child rights violations.
  • Children in the project area are aware that there are laws for their protection. They know their rights and duties and what they can do to safeguard their rights. and protect themselves.

Target groups in Ghana

Direct beneficiaries:

  • 15.000 Children in the 4 project districts
  • 4.000 Parents


As intermediates:

  • the local population in the project area
  • 300 State and civil society representatives responsible for child protection
  • 35 Media representatives
  • 195 Adult leaders and 40 volunteers
  • 120 representatives of school management committees, presidents of parent teacher associations and head teachers

Main Project Activities

  • Establish and operate a local community radio. With the help of radio broadcasts, the local population is sensitized to children's rights
  • Social drama, cultural songs and dance competitions as well as community durbars and debates to raise awareness
  • Workshops and seminars in which leaders and representatives learn to identify harmful practices and find solutions to protect children
  • Sensitization of children in After School Learning and Play Centres, where they learn about their rights
  • Collection of traditional African proverbs and sayings that underline the cultural heritage that protects children’s rights
  • Develop and publish a handbook on child protection laws translated into three local languages.

Project Funding

Total project costs: € 651,200 


Financial partners:

  • German ministry for economic development and cooperation (BMZ)
  • Hungermarsch Schwetzingen
  • Stiftung Oliver-Herbrich-Kinderfonds
  • Globus-Stiftung
  • Kinderrechte Afrika e. V. (donations)

Cover picture: Girls march for their right to protection from early and forced marriage. © PAORP-VWC


Sparkasse Offenburg/Ortenau

Kinderrechte Afrika e. V.



DE69 6645 0050 0076 0040 44

Kinderrechte Afrika e. V.

Schillerstraße 16

D-77933 Lahr


Tel.: 07821/38855

Fax: 07821/985755


Druckversion | Sitemap
© 2016-23 Kinderrechte Afrika e. V. - Zukunft für Kinder in Not. Das Kopieren und/oder die Verwendung von Bildern sowie anderen Inhalten dieser Webseite ist nur mit ausdrücklicher Zustimmung von Kinderrechte Afrika e. V. gestattet. La copie et/ou l'utilisation d'images et d'autres contenus de ce site web ne sont autorisées qu'avec le consentement explicite de Kinderrechte Afrika e. V. The copying and/or use of images and other contents of this website is only permitted with the explicit consent of Kinderrechte Afrika e. V.