NewsExpress advert FCMB banner Fidelity bank banner NewsExpress advert
Ghana launches AU campaign to End Child Marriage

By News Express on 28/03/2016

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+

Views: 1,645


Ghana has launched an African Union Campaign to end child marriage, the African Union Commission said in a press release on Monday.

Ghana has become the 11th member state to launch a national campaign to end child marriages. The AU Campaign to End Child Marriage was launched at the continental level in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in May 2014, during the Conference of Ministers of Social Development.

The campaign is aimed at ending child marriage by means of supporting and advocating legal and policy actions for the protection and promotion of human rights, by mobilising continental awareness of the adverse socioeconomic impact of child marriage, among other strategies.

During a ceremony in Accra, Ghana’s capital, President John Dramani Mahama said, “Child marriage is the most obnoxious practice of the 21st century and a total violation of the rights of children, especially the girl-child”.

The launch of the campaign took place on the margins of the 7th African Conference on Sexual and Health Rights hosted by the Organization of African First Ladies against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA), the press release said.

“In Ghana, despite the legal age of marriage being 18 for both girls and boys, 21 percent of Ghanaian girls are married before they reach the age of 18 years, with rates amounting to as high as 50 percent in the northern part of the country,” the release said.

It said, “Alarmingly, girls can marry as young as 16 with the consent of their parents”.

Several African ministers in charge of social development, along with representatives from UN agencies and civil society organisations and survivors of child marriage, took part in the AU campaign.

Experts warn that if nothing is done within the next decade, 14.2 million girls under 18 years of age will get married each year. If this trend continues, they say, the number of African mothers under 15 will rise from 2 to 3 million by 2030.

Despite the challenges, child marriage rates are declining as a result of local action in African countries, the UN children’s fund (UNICEF) said. (Anadolu Agency)

•Photo shows Ghanaian President John Mahama.

Source News Express

Posted 28/03/2016 8:14:51 PM

 

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+


 

CLASSIFIED ADS

REVEALED: 3 natural ways to get stronger erections, last 25minutes on bed, and increase manhood size without using drugs. Also, Natural Prostrate Enlargement Remedy.. Get In HERE...

 

You may also like...
Many reported dead as multiple bomb blasts rock...

FG vows to tackle menace of drug abuse...

FG appoints acting DG for SEC

Plateau: Gov. Lalong dissolves cabinet

Innoson moves to prevent arrest; files stay of...

The absurd and the ridiculous

Maritime expert decries leadership instability in NIMASA

When police becomes the thief

Rotary Club of Ikeja donates sanitation materials to...

Protest rocks Ilorin over plot to frame Saraki...

Killing inequality (1)

Thousands of Americans march on Trump Tower, insist...

 

Latest News Cornucopia: Jubilation as Odogwu converts to Islam, By Odogwu Emeka Odogwu Teach justice, act justly, By Asoro Abubakri Olatunji Igbo summit: Police arrest 2 suspected armed IPOB members Police capture most wanted Offa armed robbers I am not responsible for Linda Ikeji’s pregnancy — Don Jazzy 37,062 candidates shortlisted for police recruitment examination Osun Guber: 27 aspirants to contest APC primary FG launches N64m website Amnesty International backs Islamic Movement to seek justice for Zakzaky, detained members Catholic faithful to protest incessant killings in Abuja Boko Haram: UNIMAID Teaching Hospital provides skeletal services 2019: Okowa warns political aspirants on orderly campaigns

 

Most Read Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (345,147 views) NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (341,794 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (273,247 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (224,644 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (205,124 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (202,660 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (176,844 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (159,143 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (150,133 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (143,328 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (139,948 views) Gunmen kill ASP, 2 other police officers in vain bid to kidnap Rivers PDP chieftain (132,341 views)

 

Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (40) Business & Economy (3,143) Business Verdict (43) Columnists (853) Complaints & Requests (94) Enterprise & Opportunities (207) Entertainment (497) Features (595) Global Business Monitor (273) International (1,968) Interview (149) Live Commentary (28) Love Matters (120) News (35,474) Opinion (956) Pidgin (10) Politics (5,034) Religion (743) Sports (1,512) Stock Watch (29) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update

 

CBN banner

Firstmobile banner

 

 

NEWS EXPRESS TV

Boko Haram commanders surrender

 

APO Group Partner

 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

REVEALED: 3 natural ways to get stronger erections, last 25minutes on bed, and increase manhood size without using drugs. Also, Natural Prostrate Enlargement Remedy.. Get In HERE...

GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member

 

 

Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera

Advertisement