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We have a duty to perform as stakeholders to ending child marriage, says Mrs Malonin Asibi, Head of the Domestic Violence Secretariat

The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MoGCSP), has held a stakeholder consultative meeting to devise strategic measures to help end child marriages in the country.

The meeting, held in Tamale, was to seek participants’ inputs on issues of forced and early child marriages and how it could be reduced in the Northern Region.

It was organised by the Domestic Violence Secretariat of the MoGCSP in collaboration with the United Nations International Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF) to sensitise stakeholders on the causes, effects and how to curb child marriage in the region.

Head of the Domestic Violence Secretariat of the MoGCSP, Mrs Malonin Asibi, who addressed participants, said there was a need for collective efforts of government, institutions and individuals to end child marriages in the country.

She called on law enforcement agencies and other relevant stakeholders to strictly enforce laws that protect children from early child marriages.

Child Protection Officer at UNICEF, Mrs Joyce Odame, said though the Northern Region had made some improvement on ending child marriage, there was still more room for improvement.

She, therefore, appealed to traditional and religious leaders in the region to join forces to completely curb child marriages in their communities.

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