It is 2017 and we continue to hear stories of child marriage in parts of the country, most predominantly in the three northern regions.

Government, through the Ministry of Gender Children and Social Protection has been fighting this in the north, but NGO’s are the institutions that are leading this fight in the north.

Currently, Abigail Adumolga is the head of programs for the End Child Marriage Project and Youth Center Projects at the Youth Harvest Foundation Ghana (YHFG).

As a trained social worker from the University of Ghana and the University of Education, she works with a passion to ensure that young people, especially young girls get the very best of sexual health advice and education.

Her passion for youth development is what connected her with the YHFG, a youth-focused NGO based in Bolgatanga in the Upper East region.

Abigail is involved in directly educating adolescent girls and boys on their sexuality and rights, providing counseling services to those with psycho-social challenges, and rescuing girls from child marriage.

It is for her immerse social work that she has been selected as one of this year’s Mandela Washington Fellows.

The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) that empowers young people through academic coursework, leadership training, and networking.

The Fellows, who are between the ages of 25 and 35, have established records of accomplishment in promoting innovation and positive impact in their organizations, institutions, communities, and countries.

In her capacity as the Youth Center Coordinator of YHFG, Abigail has developed and implemented youth-friendly programs such as weekly health lessons on adolescent sexual and reproductive health in the upper primary, junior, and senior high schools as well as out-of-school youth.

She believes young people should be given equal space to express their views so their voice can also be heard in society.

She is particularly committed to all interventions aimed at emancipating young people, especially girls, from all harmful socio-cultural practices and various forms of abuses including child marriage.

Files from: US Embassy – Ghana

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