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The Best Actions to Empower Girls and Reduce Poverty

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Fifty-one percent. This is the alarming dropout rate of Ghanaian girls who do not complete junior high school. Many drop out to get married. Child marriage is a common practice that affects 4 out of every 10 girls in sub-Saharan Africa.

In Ghana, 27% of girls are married before reaching the legal age. The percentage is even higher in rural areas and among the poorest population, particularly in the Northern Regions, where it has increased in recent years, impelled by cultural practices and poverty. "

Read the full op-ed published in Ghana’s newspaper of record The Daily Graphic.