#4 Promoting gender equality through prevention of child and early marriage within the evangelical presbyterian church in Ghana
Charles Sakyi, Ghana

Promoting gender equality through prevention of child and early marriage within the evangelical presbyterian church in Ghana

Charles Sakyi, Ghana

Initiative's goals 

  1. To empower young girls to refuse child marriage proposals and stay in school.

  2. To improve the living condition of young girls

  3. To bring male offenders to book

  4. To promote human rights and freedom of choice and justice.

  5. To work towards the achievement of Gender Equality in SDG Goal 5

  6. To reduce poverty among women and girls

  7. The overall goal of the project is to contribute to the Empowerment of Women through the reduction of Child, Early and Forced Marriage and the promotion of child rights in the fifteen (15) Presbyteries of EPC. Ghana

Main activities

  1.  Build the skills and knowledge of girls to understand and exercise their rights

  2.  Strengthen Community Based support networks to end early and forced child marriage

  3.  Collaborate with other religious, traditional and educational authorities in speaking out against forced child marriage and changing community attitudes.

  4.  Use the mass media campaigns and other innovative methods such as radio, TV and digital media to raise awareness of girls’ rights and the impact of child marriage.

In order to get to the next level, the project needs:

The project would need and require advocacy activities that would ensure that girls are enrolled in school and retained in school for a long. Centrifugal forces that push girls out of school like lack of proper sanitary facilities to guarantee their privacy would be seriously tackled. Special arrangements like Guidance and Counselling services, Learn and Share, Meeting and Discussing Girl only issues at Alternative Spaces, Interactive Meetings for Girls only, Role Model Mentorship Programs etc would be organized for girls in schools, churches and mosques as well as within the communities for out-of school children.