General News of Saturday, 26 December 2015
The United Nations is set to deploy an innovative tool to assist the fight against child marriage in Ghana.
The prevalence rate of child marriages in Ghana ranges between 12.2 and 39.2 per cent, with the Upper East Region having the highest percentage of 39.2 per cent.
The United Nations Population Fund is developing the “Child Marriage Tool” and will be in Ghana with the support of Stratcomm Africa, a Communication Consultancy company.
It is expected to be developed within three months and would be used for awareness creation on the issue.
The essence of the project, in its first phase is to identify the main issues concerning child marriages.
After developing a workable process, it would be used to create more awareness on the issue and help fight the menace.
In the Bongo District of the Upper East Region through the family tribunal, men who impregnate young girls were sanctioned by making them take care of the victims throughout their antenatal and post natal care.
The UN initiative however is designed to prevent such abuse of the girl child.