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Alesha Dixon: "I met girls at risk of child marriage"

Long-term ActionAid supporter and Britain's Got Talent judge Alesha Dixon recently joined us in Ghana to meet young girls at risk of child marriage. Watch this short film of her trip and read her personal account below. 

Kuuntunna, 30, sits with his daughter Porshia, seven.  They are outside her school but he worries that her education could be cut short by the risk of marriage by abduction, which is a disturbing problem in the part of northern Ghana where they live.

Meet the men standing against child marriage

Posted in Blogs 1 year 4 months ago

Kuuntunna is a farmer who has many dreams for his seven-year-old daughter. None of them involves seeing her become a child bride. Yet he fears this chilling prospect because he lives in a part of Ghana where many girls are abducted and forced into child marriage. Poverty and patriarchy drive the problem.  But men can also be part of the solution. Meet four men who are standing with local women and ActionAid to tackle child marriage in northern Ghana.

"It happened to me." Watch Ama's story of child marriage

Ama was abducted for child marriage on her way home from school when she was 14, in the Upper West region of Ghana. Based on her personal account, we’ve created an animation to tell her story. Watch the film and read more below to find out how ActionAid helps girls like Ama be girls, not wives.

Fatima, now 16, recalls how she was abducted and released in northern Ghana.

Every two seconds, somewhere in the world a girl is forced to marry. That's 28 child brides a minute. So by the time you finish reading this blog, 100 childhoods could have been cut short. Child marriage is a fundamental violation of a girl's rights. In its most violent form it begins with abduction. Here, women and girls kidnapped in northern Ghana, where ActionAid works, talk about how they survived.

Brides and grooms can choose to send a message of love, and change lives for good with an ActionAid wedding gift list

As wedding season approaches it can sometimes be difficult to remember what’s important. Seating plans and colour schemes can all too easily take over, leaving DIY wedding planners baffled by a to-do list full of things they never knew they would care about so much. I know because I’m planning a wedding myself, and have just emerged from the depths of centrepiece research (conclusion: it doesn’t matter). Amidst all the decisions - real or silk flowers? whether to brave the first dance? - we shouldn't forget what weddings are really about. Find out how brides and grooms can choose to send a message of love, and change lives for good, on their wedding day. 

Peace playing for the UK-based Loughborough Lightning netball squad

ActionAid has been working with the England and Uganda netball teams to promote our work ending violence against women and girls living in poverty. Ahead of a series of matches between the two teams, we spoke to Peace Proscovia – a star shooter for the Ugandan team and Australia's Sunshine Coast Lightning club.