SSWH is currently implementing a multi-sectoral project aimed at preventing child marriage and improving opportunities for married girls in rural communities in the North Bank Region of The Gambia. The project, entitled: "Eliminating Early Marriage in The Gambia: A Plan for Child Protection and Empowerment of Women and Girls", builds on previous and current research work conducted by SSWH. It is also in line with international and national commitments made by the Government of The Gambia through ratification of several UN conventions to protect the rights of women and girls, including the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, and the UN Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). So far, six activities have been implemented in relation to the set project outputs. These activities include four community engagement forums with local community members and two training workshops for local community leaders. The community engagement forums which were held across four (4) local communities, namely (Bakindick, Kerr Ardo, Kerr Gumbo, Kerewan and Farafenni) in the North Bank Region, brought together (68) local community members. The training workshops for local community leaders, which were aimed at introducing the issue of early marriage to community leaders, also gathered and trained (25) local community leaders, who have now become a core communication team for social mobilization, advocacy and door-to-door campaign in their respective communities. The (25) trained local community leaders have, so far, reached one hundred and forty-three (143) households, five hundred and ninety-five (595) family members, and two hundred and twenty-three (223) individual community members, with information about early marriage, including respect for legal age of marriage and the negative consequences associated with early marriage.

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