Case studies from the EU project Reducing the prevalence of early/forced marriage amongst adolescent girls

Victim Story 1 

How old were you when you were given off in marriage? What was the age of your spouse?

Seventeen years. The husband was about 37 years.

Type of marriage?

Customary and Islamic

How did the marriage come about

I was attending school at the stage of form one when my grandmother gave me out for marriage. I run away to Tamale but I was later brought back to babatokuma. I was sent back to school at Kintampo but shortly my father travelled so there was hardship in the family so my mother decided that I should marry and get money to take of the young of the younger siblings.

What are the positive effects and consequences of early/ forced marriage

I am able to get money for my younger siblings in school and my mother. My worry is I have no job and my dream

Did you face any problems as a result of marrying at an early age

Yes

If yes, what problems (psychological, health, social etc) did you face as a result of marrying early?

psychological

What is your relationship with your husband like because of early marriage?

Our relationship is not bad

What steps can be taken to prevent / eliminate early / forced marriage in this community?

Sensitization

Given your experience, will you give your child off in marriage at an early age? Why?

My experience is that all girls should ensure that they endure in times of difficulties to attend school and get a better job in future. I will never give my child out for early marriage because I do not want her to go through what I am going through

Victim Story 2 

How old were you when you were given off in marriage. What was the age of your spouse.

Yes, I am 16 years. My husband is 24 years.

Type of marriage?

Customary

How did the marriage come about?

I got pregnant in school and was asked to marry him because it was a disgrace to my family.

Why did you marry early?

Through teenage pregnancy

What are the positive effects and consequences of early/ forced marriage?

It is not good because I could not complete JHS

Did you face any problems as a result of marrying at an early age?

Yes

If yes, what problems (psychological, health, social etc) did you face as a result of marrying early?

Psychological

What is your relationship with your husband because of early marriage?

It is good because it has already happen

What steps can be taken to prevent / eliminate early / forced marriage in this community?

Through advice and education

Given your experience, will you give your child off in marriage at an early age? Why?

I will never allow my child to go into early marriage because I did not complete school

 

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