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Among the many programs and activities that we have carried out already, one of our major concerns is to pull resources together to help us ensure achievement of the Sustainable Development Goal 5 target 3, “to eliminate all harmful practices such as early child and forced marriage and female ... Read More

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Among the many programs and activities that we have carried out already, one of our major concerns is to pull resources together to help us ensure achievement of the Sustainable Development Goal 5 target 3, “to eliminate all harmful practices such as early child and forced marriage and female genital mutilation”. This situation is robbing off our young girls the opportunity to live and enjoy their childhood to the fullest. We have established from our research analysis that poverty is the main reason for which these unfortunate children find themselves in such situations mostly against their will even-though factors such gender discrimination, inadequate laws etc.

Child marriage continues to be one of the banes of the Ghanaian society. According to the
Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) of 2006, 22 percent of women aged 20 to 29 years in
Ghana got married before the age of 18 years. For women in the 30 to 44 years category, 30
percent married before the age of 18 years. On the average, this presents us with nearly one out
of four women getting married while still a child. The 2006 MICS further showed that about 4.4
percent of women aged 15 to 49 years first got married before the age of 15 years. The rural
areas presented a higher rate of 5.5 percent compared to 3.3 percent of women from the urban
areas getting married before 15 years.
The situation seemed to worsen from the 2011 MICS data. The results of the survey show that 6
percent of women aged 15 to 49 years got married before 15 years of age, while 27 percent got
married before 18 years. In the rural areas, the prevalence of women marrying before 15 years
rose to 8 percent, while in the urban areas it stood at 4 percent. Statistics from the Domestic
Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU) of the Ghana Police Service indicate that
between 2005 and 2010, 69 cases of forced marriage were handled by the Unit. The figures show
an increasing trend with 10 cases handled in 2007 rising to 21 cases by 2011. These statistics
also show that the bulk of the cases are not reported to the relevant authorities, leaving the
practice of early and forced marriage a deliberately concealed practice. It has also been observed Child marriage continues to be one of the banes of the Ghanaian society. According to the
Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) of 2006, 22 percent of women aged 20 to 29 years in
Ghana got married before the age of 18 years. For women in the 30 to 44 years category, 30
percent married before the age of 18 years. On the average, this presents us with nearly one out
of four women getting married while still a child. The 2006 MICS further showed that about 4.4
percent of women aged 15 to 49 years first got married before the age of 15 years. The rural
areas presented a higher rate of 5.5 percent compared to 3.3 percent of women from the urban
areas getting married before 15 years.
The situation seemed to worsen from the 2011 MICS data. The results of the survey show that 6
percent of women aged 15 to 49 years got married before 15 years of age, while 27 percent got
married before 18 years. In the rural areas, the prevalence of women marrying before 15 years
rose to 8 percent, while in the urban areas it stood at 4 percent. Statistics from the Domestic
Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU) of the Ghana Police Service indicate that
between 2005 and 2010, 69 cases of forced marriage were handled by the Unit. The figures show
an increasing trend with 10 cases handled in 2007 rising to 21 cases by 2011. These statistics
also show that the bulk of the cases are not reported to the relevant authorities, leaving the
practice of early and forced marriage a deliberately concealed practice. It has also been observed

It is against this background that Renel Ghana Foundation launched “RENEL END EARLY
CHILD MARRIAGE” in Ghana, by dealing with the underpinnings of child marriage and also
assisting and reintegrating victims back to society.

PROJECT GOAL
To eliminate Early or Forced Marriage and provide needed resources for the education of the Girl Child in
Ghana by 2030 in line with UN Sustainable Development Goal 5 target 3.
PROJECT OBJECTIVES
Using documentary to create awareness on the causes and implications of Early Child Marriage.
Empower Girls with information skills and support networks.
Educate and rally Parents and Community members.
Economic supports and incentives to Girls and their Families.
Enhance Girls access to a quality education.
Encourage supportive Laws and Policies.

There is a three-year work plan for implantation once we get the funds for implementation.

As an organization, we are equipped with the potential member who has remedies to
facilitate to an elimination of child marriage, using innovative intellectual, skill development,
emotional motivation and an overall personal transformation of the girl child. We plan on
continuing our initiatives such as organizing forums, workshops, excursions and other educative
activity for girls within our targeted area of necessity. As an organization, our desire to bridge the
cab of inequality places us on a more adventurous but worthy course, with these efforts we
contribute we strongly know it will yield major impact to the girl child and the world at large.

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LET'S END FORCED OR EARLY CHILD MARRIAGE

renel gh foundation, on behalf of

RENEL GHANA FOUNDATION

. This situation is robbing off our young girls the opportunity to live and enjoy their childhood to the fullest. Donation for this project will help Empower Girls with information skills and support networks. Educate and rally Parents and Community members. Economic supports and incentives to Girl

renel gh foundation

Renel Ghana Foundation (RGF) is a non-governmental organization duly registered under the laws of Ghana with its operational office located in East Legon. RGF commenced its operations in the year 2013 and has since been committed to social change and development.

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