Madam Charlotte Osei, Chairperson of the Ghana Electoral Commission, has condemned the the practice of child marriages current undertaken in certain communities in Ghana.
Speaking on on the Accra-based Joy FM Super Morning show on March 8th, the Electoral Commission head honcho said for Ghana, which was the the first country to have ratified the International Convention on the Right of the Child, to experience high levels of child marriage is unacceptable.
“Northern Region is about 32 per cent, Western Region is about 46 per cent and that is because the factors are not just culture. [It] is the poverty, the lack of economic opportunities, it is galamsey, it is access to pornography. In the coastal areas where fishing is the livelihood, because the young boys start fishing early, they also start earning money very quickly and so they get sexually active earlier and then they want to marry.
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So if you are a 14-year-old boy and you are going to marry, you are not going to marry 14-year-old, you are going to marry a 13-year-old girl.”
She further called for a little national introspection, this in a way of taking a first step towards solving the larger issue of child marriage.
"We were the first country to ratify the Convention on the Right of the Child, it was a place of pride for the same country that was the first to ratify the International Convention on the Right of the Child to have such abysmal, shameful statistics on early marriages. It is a national disgrace and so it means that this solution must come from all of us, the change must start from all of us.”
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