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African workshop addresses how to end child marriage

Representatives from 10 African countries gather to search for a solution

ACCRA, GHANA — Ending child marriage through media engagement is the topic of conversation this week at a three-day workshop being held by the African Union Department of Social Affairs in Accra, Ghana.

Representatives from 10 African countries, including Burkina Faso and Ghana — where Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (CCFC) works — are hoping to find ways to improve the ability for media to investigate and report on child marriage to address the root cause of the issue as well as challenge stakeholders to end the harmful tradition.

“To be able to make the change, we must recognize child marriage is a violation of human rights that has a devastating impact on both boys and girls,” said Otiko Afisa Djaba, minister of gender, children and social protection at the workshops, as quoted by the Ghana News Agency. “In Ghana, on average, one out of five girls is married before their eighteenth birthday. [businessghana.com]

CCFC educates families and communities about the need to end child marriage so girls can continue their education and not risk their future livelihood and reproductive health. To learn more about our work, check out our stories page.

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About Christian Children's Fund of Canada:

Christian Children's Fund of Canada (CCFC) is a child-focused international development organization and a member of ChildFund Alliance. For more than 50 years, CCFC has been helping children and families of all faiths move from poverty to self-reliance. CCFC supports children and communities in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Nicaragua and Paraguay. Currently, CCFC has almost 50,000 children sponsored, benefiting nearly 400,000 people around the world.