General News of Tuesday, 20 November 2018
The government of Ghana is implementing policies and programmes to make life comfortable for Ghanaian children, Minister of Gender, Child and Social Protection, Cynthia Mamle Morrison, has said.
She said the government will continue to support the fundamental human rights of the Ghanaian child and also give them a fair representation.
In a statement to commemorate World Children’s Day on Tuesday, 20 November 2018, Mrs Morrison said: “Ghana is doing so much to make the lives of children better. That notwithstanding, children still face a lot of abuses.”
“About 33% of children in Ghana are said to have been sexually abused. This includes rape, molestation, touching of private parts, watching pornography, the use of inappropriate language, and dirty jokes.”
“According to the 2014 DHS, on the average, 1 out of 5 girls in Ghana is married before their 18th birthday. The 2014 DHS again reports that 14% of girls aged 15 to 19 years had begun having children.”
“About 29% of children under 5 years do not have birth certificates, while 22% of children aged 5 to 14 years are engaged in child labour”, the statement said, adding that 94% of children between 2 and 14 years, experience violent forms of discipline.
“On the 20th of November, when we join the rest of the world to go blue, we will actually be pledging to celebrate children, support their rights, and amplify their voices. We want to build a world where every child is in school, safe from harm and can fulfill their potential.”