“TOO YOUNG TO MARRY BUT OLD ENOUGH TO HAVE SEX”

Meet Dziedzorm, She got pregnant at age 12. Had to marry Koffi to avoid the stigma of having an illegitimate child. She’s now 18yrs with 4 children.

The Children’s Act provides that a child is someone below the age of 18. From this, it is derived that a 16-year-old is still a child and may not know the implications of having sex. But the age of consent to legal sex is 16. What should be done to resolve the disparity between the age of consent to sex and the legal age for marriage in Ghana? To what extent does child marriage impact girls?

Photo Credit: Documenta Audioviz Limited, 2016