“Empowering African Girls: Claiming Their Right to Childhood!”

Source: Aljazeera

The shocking news of a 63-year-old high priest marrying a 12-year-old girl in Accra, Ghana, has stirred outrage and disbelief. This unimaginable event challenges our understanding of morality and highlights the urgent need to confront the issue of child marriage in Africa.

Incident Overview:

In a brazen display of disregard for the law and ethical boundaries, the high priest conducted a traditional wedding ceremony, attended by many, including scores of people. However, the public outcry ignited by photos and videos of the ceremony on social media prompted intervention from law enforcement. Despite attempts to justify the marriage as customary, it was a clear violation of legal protections against child marriage in Ghana.

This incident serves as a stark reminder of the pervasive nature of child marriage in Africa, driven by cultural norms, gender inequality, and legal loopholes. Despite efforts to eradicate this practice, progress remains slow, with Sub-Saharan Africa projected to take over two centuries to end child marriage at the current pace. Society must unite in protecting the rights of girl children, ensuring they have the opportunity to enjoy a childhood free from exploitation and harm.

To read more, click link: https://childreninfobank.com/safebank/empowering-african-girls-claiming-their-right-to-childhood/

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