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Northern Journalists Urged to Play Key Role‏ in Reducing Child, Early and Forced Marriages in Ghana

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Chairperson for the NCCE, Charlotte Osei
Chairperson for the NCCE, Charlotte Osei

Child, Early and Forced Marriages are still widespread in Ghana. To help reduce the phenomenon, the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) last week organized a one-day workshop in Tamale in the northern region for journalists in the three northern regions where such marriages are dominant.

The workshop was aimed at intensifying education on the effects of Child, Early and Forced Marriages.  It was organized with support from the Stabilization and Reconstruction Task Force (START) and The Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, all from Canada.

In all, over fifty journalists and media practitioners from the Upper East, Upper West and Northern Regions attended the workshop. They were taken through various lectures including one on the provisions made in Ghana’s 1992 constitution with respect marriages and the ages legally accepted for marriage.

Chairperson for the NCCE, Charlotte Osei said there is a lot of work to be done in tackling child, early and forced marriages in Ghana and thus the need for the NCCE to organize the workshop.

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