Child Marriage Awareness Creation in 14 Communities of Tamale and Sagnarigu Districts
Advocacy against child marriage has been intensified both locally and internationally with different strategies used to tackle the child marriage canker. ActionAid Ghana and NORSAAC in their own capacity, supported the Department of Children to hold sensitizations in 14 Local Rights Programme (LRP) communities to enhance awareness of the dangers involved in child marriage.
The child marriage campaign in Tamale adds itself to a vigorous campaign on child marriage that the organization is already involved in Mion and Tolon districts, with direct sponsorship from UNICEF.
The Department of children as a mandated institution that protects children from all forms of abuse and harm, was engaged to lead the implementation to ensure sustainability with the help of the child protection tool kits developed by UNICEF, Government of Ghana and other partners including ActionAid.
Young Urban Women (YUW) movement were engaged to mobilize and support the implementation process in YUW communities as an advocacy opportunity which will enable them take actions towards making key demands in the YUW project.
Child marriage cannot be discussed without certain child protection issues since they are directly linked to child marriage thus, with the use of the child protection manual and toolkits, communities engaged also discussed other child protection issues. Issues raised included: parents inability to control children, an excess of social and entertainment night events in communities resulting in unwanted pregnancies, lack of by-laws to guide the activities of children in communities, and the debate on whose responsibility it is to take care of children.