We need to be fluid in our approach to eliminating child marriage, due to the number and nature of systems that nurture the practice. Patriarchy, is one such system.
Deeply rooted in the Ghanaian culture, patriarchy gives men influential roles in the legitimization of marriage. For example, at a typical Asante marriage, the head of the bride's family, the "abusuapanyin," usually a male, invites the family of the groom to their house. The bride is then given away for marriage by her father, with approval from her maternal uncles and other older men in the family.