Savelugu: Ghana Joins global community to mark International Day of Girl Child

| Updated Oct 18, 2017 at 8:22am



Advocates of Girls' Rights in the Northern Region have asked government to inject more funds into the war against child marriages.

Speaking at the celebration of the International Day of the Girl Child, a Gender Advocate, Kausada Abubakari, said the girl child continues to face numerous barriers in her quest for self-development.

Madam Kausada who is also Secretary to “Girls Not Brides” a National Group of Girl Child Advocates called on government to invest more in that sector.

This year’s International Day of the Girl Child is being marked in Savelugu in the Northern Region, under the theme “Empowering girls: before, during and after crisis”.

One out of three girls in the Northern Region, experience the phenomenon of child marriage and the Savelugu Municipality is one of the districts in the region with a high incidence of child marriage.

Meanwhile, a Civil Society Organisation Girls Not Brides is demanding that government immediately define a funding mechanism for the National Strategy on Ending Child Marriages.

The Chairperson of Girls Not Brides, Mrs. Aba Oppong, in an interview with GBC`s Radio Ghana on the occasion of this year's International Day of the Girl Child, said sector ministries must have a budget allocation on child marriage and be directed to incorporate strategies at ending child marriage into their work.

Mrs. Oppong said it is not enough to simply pass laws.