UNFPA/PPAG Programme On Ending Child Marriage In Ghana

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UNFPA through PPAG implemented a programme in the upper East Region to launch and start a campaign to end child marriage. The programme targeted girls between the ages of 10-19 years and was rolled out in four communities including Gambibgo, Yarigabisi, Atulbabisi and Yikene community as well as their environs.

The campaign saw several impact-based activities implemented as summarized below;

Market and Community outreaches was one of the activities held where a team of five members sensitized the young people especially young girls who suffer much on child marriage and the need to flee from it. It also provided a platform for people to know the availability of contraceptives and the choices they can make to suit their personal lifestyle.

The Life Planning Skill (LPS) Training was also carried out to equip some of the Sistas clubs to become LPS facilitators so that they can keep sessions with their peers without any supervision of the officer in-charge.

Mentorship session was also an activity carried out were women who suffered and struggled in life and are now occupying better position in the region were engaged to inspire young people.

Some of the actives that also took place were Focus group discussions, the Behavioral Change Communication activities such as drama display by the young people of the implementing communities which was on ‘Dangers of Child Marriage’ .A durbar was also held which gave out opportunity to meet various group of people at one gathering to disseminate the information about the need to end child marriage in Ghana.