Despite national efforts to end the worrying trend of child marriage, the practice is still rampant in the Krachi East District of the Volta Region.
Efforts to stem the practice is facing a cultural resistance and has become a source of concern for state authorities and organizations such as World Vision International.
At an event to launch of ‘End Child Marriage Now’, a campaign to fight child marriage in the District, World Vision International’s Edward Owulah appealed to politicians and state authorities to partner with the organization fight the practice.
According to him, it is through a concerted effort that child marriage can effectively be tackled.
He said because poverty influences child marriage, World Vision International is committed to supporting the poor and vulnerable in deprived communities.
He told Joy News that World Vision was deepening its commitment towards protecting vulnerable children through collaboration and advocacy for broader impact.
He challenged other stakeholders including the Birth and Deaths Registry, security agencies and the media to join the campaign.
Deputy Imam for Krachi East Municipal area, Alhaji Adam Misbaw, also revealed at the launch of the campaign plans by the Muslim community to punish parents and guardians who give out their children for marriage at a very young age.
Asafoatse of Dambai Traditional area, Emmanuel Benasa, urged World Vision International to continue its regular engagement with communities in a bid to curb the practice.
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