Kadaga Wants Community Child Protection Mechanisms Revived


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“Even with efforts by government departments, religious leaders and civil society organisations, Uganda’s Children continue to suffer violence in one form or another. The rate of defilement and early marriages remain high across the country. This adversely affects the psychological state of many children and compromises their ability to focus on the future they desire,” Speaker Kadaga told celebrants.

She noted that some of the parents had abandoned their duty of providing protection for their children.

The Speaker expressed concern over reports that indicate defilement being perpetuated by relatives, neighbours and other close acquaintances.

Rt.Hon. Kadaga reaffirmed Parliament’s commitment to ending child abuse and called for tabling of amendments to the current Childrens’Act to improve child protection.

She appealed to the Uganda Police to improve child rights protection through the arrest and prosecution of offenders.

May Anyabolu the UNICEF deputy representative in Uganda decried the rising rates of child abuse and urged religious leaders to use communal prayers in churches and mosques to preach against violence.

According to a Parliament statement, Kadaga said many cases of child abuse remain largely unreported and invisible because of the trauma it inflicts on the victims and survivors. Anyabolu noted that mental scars caused by violence affect children for a life time.

The 2012 annual crime report of the Uganda Police Force indicates an increase in defilement by 5 percent with over 8,000 cases reported.

Another report by the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development notes that 66.4 percent of children have suffered from sexual violence, including inappropriate touching, verbal sexual abuse and actual forced intercourse.

This year’s national day of prayer for children brought together legislators, civil society organisations, and the clergy who reaffirmed the need for action against child violence.


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