Programs Director for Muslim Family Counseling Services (MFCS) Mohammed Bun Bida has called on the government of Ghana and world leaders to prioritize the protection of vulnerable children in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Consequent to the negative rising from the COVID including increased poverty levels, rising hunger and reduced access to education which has forced millions of children into early marriage, he has admonished that authorities should utilize every available resources to salvage the situation.
“There are enough resources in the world and in Ghana to ensure that all children are fed and educated without children being forced into marriage for survival”, he indicated.
Per his clarion call, Ghana and for that matter the world “must act now to prevent this (early child marriage)” through an effective collaboration with faith, traditional and community leaders.
In an official speech delivered during the celebration of the World International Day of Girl Child 2021, he inferred from the World Vision International report which suggests that the aftershock of the global pandemic will force children who would not otherwise have been married into wedlock.
“As global hunger level crisis increase, so will child marriage rates, with a hungry child being 60% more likely to be married than a child not experiencing hunger…
Despite the global community’s pledge to end child marriage by 2030 as part of the SDGs, progress remains slow because the pandemic has increased poverty levels and hunger, and decreased access to education. The risk of girls becoming child brides is also increasing”, he quoted.
ABOUT MUSLIM FAMILY COUNSELING SERVICES
The Muslim Family Counseling Services (MFCS) is a not-for-profit organization established in 1990 to provide information and services women/youth empowerment, health (Sexual and Reproductive Health), human rights, education, income generating activities and prevention within deprived communities in Ghana.
The organizational goal of MFCS is to improve the quality of life of people by working with other agencies in joint efforts to provide the appropriate information and services for socio-cultural transformation.
Most importantly, MFCS seeks to the realization of the full potential and total human development of people in deprived communities. In pursuit of this noble goal, MFCS reaches out to marginalized and deprived persons in deprived communities through participatory community mobilization activities, cultural, community empowerment and capacity building.
For the past 30 good years, Muslim Family Counseling Services (MFCS) have been implementing education, human rights and health related projects including policy and budget advocacy as well as community mobilization and education.