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Ghana Celebrates International Day Of The Girl Child Today

Ghana will today, October 11, 2017 join the rest in the continent to mark International Day of the Girl Child under the theme “The Power of the Adolescent Girl: Vision for 2030.”

October 11, 2018

Ghana will today, October 11, 2017 join the rest in the continent to mark International Day of the Girl Child under the theme “The Power of the Adolescent Girl: Vision for 2030.”

International Day of the Girl Child (Day of the Girl) is celebrated annually on October 11 to highlight issues concerning the gender inequality facing young girls.

There are nearly 600 million girls aged 10 to 19 in the world today, each with limitless individual potential, however they are disappearing from public awareness and the international development agenda.

Globally, millions of girls will stand alongside the 5,950,331 girls in Ghana, according to the (2010 Population and Housing Census) to call on governments to make girls rights a global political priority, to encourage girls step forward as leaders and decision makers, and to have their voices heard on the great challenges they faced.

Across the world, 15 million girls are married each year before the age of 18. In Ghana, one in every five girls will be married off before their eighteenth birthday, and in regions such as the Upper East and Upper West regions almost 40 percent of girls are married as children.

Girls who marry as children are deprived of their fundamental rights to health, education and safety. Neither physically nor emotionally ready to become wives and mothers, child brides are at greater risk of experiencing dangerous complications in pregnancy and childbirth, contracting HIV/AIDS and suffering domestic violence. They will often drop out of school, trapping them and their families in a cycle of poverty.

Child marriage has been shown to have a significant impact on the economies of developing countries like Ghana. A recent study by the World Bank and International Center for Research on Women found that the practice costs the global economy trillions of dollars.

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