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Ghana

About

Girls Not Brides Ghana is made up of over 70 members across all sixteen regions of the country, working together to create opportunities for girls to fulfil their potential. Girls Not Brides Ghana became an official Girls Not Brides National Partnership in October 2014 and was launched in December 2014.

Girls Not Brides’ advocacy training, Accra, November 2017.

Successes

Girls Not Brides Ghana participated in consultations at the national and regional level, providing expertise in the development of the National Strategic Framework for Ending Child Marriage in Ghana. The National Partnership has become a partner to the Government and the media and plays an essential role in raising awareness on the causes and consequences of child marriage.

The National Partnership has advocated for the allocation of resources towards preventing child marriage and implementing the national strategy. This includes fully funding the Child Marriage unit, which was set up under the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection to coordinate interventions under the strategy.

“…ending child marriage isn’t just the responsibility of government: communities, traditional rulers, queen mothers, religious leaders, youth groups and women and girls themselves all have a role to play.” said Mrs Aba Oppong, the former Chairperson of Girls Not Brides Ghana.

Structure

Girls Not Brides Ghana has a coordinating team of seven organisations, including Ghana Association for Women’s Welfare (Chair), Muslim Family Counselling Services (Vice-Chair), Savana Signatures (National Secretary), Women’s Integrated Development Organisation (Finance Officer), Community Development Alliance (Resource Mobilisation Officer), Wuli Zaligu Development Association Ghana (Child Protection Officer) and Sung Foundation (Safeguarding Officer). In addition, three zonal coordinators and sixteen regional coordinators are responsible for liaising with members in each region of the country.

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