Ghana: Over 80,000 girls already married or living with a man – Report

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Ghana: Over 80,000 girls already married or living with a man – Report
Ghana: Over 80,000 girls already married or living with a man – Report

According to GSS data, approximately 80,000 girls in Ghana between the ages of 12 and 17 are already married or cohabiting with men.

According to the report, nearly 26,000 of them are junior high school girls aged 12 to 14.

The percentage of girls in the union is higher than twice the national average (4.0%) in the North East (13.0%), Savannah (10.9%), and Northern (10.6%).

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Furthermore, despite the fact that universal basic education is free and mandatory, nearly 244,731 females aged 6 to 14 have never attended any kind of formal education.

In terms of the percentage of girls who have never attended school, the Northern Region has the most (73,516), followed by the Savannah (27,930) and North East (22,857) regions.

Furthermore, these three regions have the highest proportion of females who are not enrolled in school (or who have never been enrolled). Savannah has the highest percentage of all regions (40.2%), followed by the North East Region (29.3%) and the Northern Region (28.5%).

The data is based on the 2021 Population and Housing Census, and it is being released on the same day that the world observes International Day of the Girl Child.

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