Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC), Charlotte Osei, has called for an end to child marriages in the country.
Speaking on Joy FM’s Morning Show to mark the International Women’s Day Wednesday, Madam Osei said the responsibility to halt child marriages across the country must begin with each everyone.
According to her, the core factors that root up the gesture such as culture, pornography, ‘galamsey’, fishing among others can be countered if citizens try to educate each other at all levels other than relying on government.
“The solution must come from all of us and the change must take effect. Government needs to do more in terms of initiatives and skills. We also have a responsibility beyond govt. The change has to start with us,” she said.
“Child marriage is a national disgrace. It’s definitely more in the regions up north about 32 percent. Western region is about 46 percent. The stats are embarrassing. It’s collective shame…” she said.
“We should all care a little bit about the people around us and not wait on the government and police to solve all the problems around us. Let’s educate ourselves to know that forceful marriage would disable our contribution to society” she added.
Source: Ghana / Adomonline.com / Dennis Kofi Adu