During yesterday’s International Day of the Girl Child, halting the world’s 15 million annual child marriages took center stage.
Girls Not Brides Ghana demanded funding for the Ghana National Strategy on Ending Child Marriage. There is “no more time for idle debates,” said chair Aba Oppong. The global organization works across 95 countries to ban child marriage.
In some regions of Ghana, 40% of girls are made child brides, a practice the UN Sustainable Development Goals wants banished by 2030.
The World Bank estimates child marriage costs trillions, risking dangerous pregnancies, HIV/AIDS, and domestic violence, and scuppering education.