Dankpen Initiative to Oppose Forced Marriage

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Dankpen Initiative to Oppose Forced Marriage
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Community Name: Dankpen Prefecture
Region: Kara
Country: Togo
Volunteer(s) Name: M. Gallagher
Volunteer(s) Homestate: Pennsylvania
Funds community contributed: $1680
Year of project approval: 2003
Projects started in Togo 2003 (7).
Akame Girls' Soccer Program, Dankpen Initiative to Oppose Forced Marriage, Datcha School Construction, Djabagbal Primary School Reconstruction, Gape Animal Husbandry Grasscutter (Agouti) Project, Kpele-Akata Women's Development Project, Tchamba Community Basketball Court Construction
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Other Projects in Togo (37).
Akame Girls' Soccer Program, Atakpame HIV/AIDS Murals, Atakpamé HIV/AIDS Run for World AIDS Day, Atakpamé HIV/AIDS Run for World AIDS Day, Babadé Community Library and Children's Study and Recreation Area, Babadé Community Library and Children's Study and Recreation Area, Bafilo Radio Station Project, Camp UNITE 2009, Center for Community Development, Computers for Martin Luther King Jr School in Kpalimé, Computers for Martin Luther King Jr School in Kpalimé, Constructing a Grain Warehouse, Dankpen Initiative to Oppose Forced Marriage, Datcha School Construction, Djabagbal Primary School Reconstruction … further results
State Flag of Pennsylvania.svgOther Projects by Volunteers from Pennsylvania (17).
Volunteers who served in Congo, Democratic, Andy Andrews, Denise Blake, Bukhara Future Leaders of Our World Camp, Bukhoro Sexual and Reproduction Health Training, Dale Butler, Community Center (Suriname), Community Garden Irrigation, Computer Learning Center, Dankpen Initiative to Oppose Forced Marriage, Robert Steele Davis, Expansion of Rainwater Harvesting System, Flora Conservation, Maura J. Fulton, Girls' Conference 2009 … further results
Other Other Projects by Volunteers (108).
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Info about the Dankpen Initiative to Oppose Forced Marriage

In Dankpen Prefecture in Togo many local leaders feel that the problem of forced early marriage of young women is one of the practices that continues to retard the region's development. Forced early marriage impacts fifty percent of the young women between the ages of 13 and 16, and ends any further possibility for them to pursue education and attend school. This initiative will encourage both proponents as well as opponents of forced marriage to participate. Local people will facilitate under the supervision of a pilot team, composed of local social workers, NGO members and Peace Corps Volunteers.The group plans to establish a training program for local representatives which will be charged with preventive actions as well as identifying forced marriages and prosecuting cases of forced marriage. In severe cases where families disown their daughters for refusing to marry, the local community groups will place the girl in free apprenticeship training programs, learning trades so that she will be able to support herself. Relevant Togolese law and matrimonial rights doctrines will be translated into local language and used in awareness-raising campaigns. Local student theater groups will prepare and perform theater sketches on the theme in order to further the spread of information and make it accessible to all. the project will be in effect over a three year period. The first phase will involve training and installation of the canton committees, and engaging them in awareness-raising campaigns. The second phase will follow-up on their progress and ensure that their work can continue autonomously. Peace Corps funding is being requested to assist with training expenses for this program.

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