The Chief Director of the Ministry of Gender Children and Protection, Dr Afisah Zakariah, has revealed that 260,000 girls below the age of 18 years got married in the country.
He said the three northern regions experienced the highest rate of child marriages in the country, where more than one-third of young women about 39 per cent were married during childhood.
At a conference on child marriage and harmful cultural practices in Tamale, Dr Zakariah said globally 16 million children have married off annually before age 15.
The conference, organized by Ministry of Gender in partnership with UNFPA, was to sensitize, raise awareness and share information on issues about child marriages and other negative cultural practices that impede the progress of women and girls, and relegate them to subservient roles in communities.
Mr Zakariah said South and East Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa hold the highest prevalence rates early child marriages globally.
Mr Zakariah said the Gender Ministry has developed a National Strategic for Ending Child Marriage in Ghana in 2026 and has been implemented by the Child Marriage Unit.
Speaking further on harmful cultural practices in Tamale, he said Female Genital Mutilation was another form of violations against the health and human rights of the girl.