Gender Ministry,UNRA Unveil Child Protection Project in Kamwenge

UNRA Executive Director, Allen Kagina (2nd left) with Ministry of Gender Permanent Secretary, Pius Bigirimana at the launch

Government of Uganda through Ministry of Gender, visit Labour and Social Development in partnership with World Bank is to implement a $40M (Shs140Bn) Gender Based Violence (GBV) Project.
Pics Bigirimana, buy the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Gender reveals that plans are in final stages with the World Bank to release $40M to fund GBV projects with the aim of protecting women and children’s rights countrywide.
Bigirimana was officiating at the launch of shs3.4Bn code named: Supporting Children’s Opportunities Through Protection & Empowerment (SCOPE) Project funded by World Bank at Bigodi Primary School, Busiriba Kamwenge district on Monday.
The project is benefiting communities in the Town Councils and sub-counties that were affected by the sexual abuse violence during the construction of the Kamwenge-Fort Portal road.
PS who represented the Gender Minister, strongly condemned the manner in which the Chinese contractors sexually abused and violated the young girls.
He declared war against children and women abusers adding that during the implementation of the countrywide $40M GBV project the perpetrators shall be dealt with.
He asked the district leaders of Kamwenge and Kabarole to ensure SCOPE project is “implemented, monitored and the issue of
accountability and transparency” must be observed for the project to have impact.
Chritina Malmberg Calvo, World Bank Country Manager emphasized behavioural transformation and empowerment among the locals adding that road development has seen the influx of immigrant contractors sexually abusing and violating children and women.
Calvo appealed to the communities and leaders to work closely embrace the project with the legal AID child protection officers to ensure the
survivors are rehabilitated and economically empowered.
Allen Kagina Executive Director UNRA attributed the suspension of funding for Kamwenge-Fort Portal road by World Bank to local leaders’ failure to supervise the project. She noted that following the suspension of the funding a lot of lessons are learnt and social
protection issues have become a bench mark for all road projects country wide.
She noted that among the main associated risks rotate around include “disruption of social set ups due to labour influx and increase in disposable income among communities, increased chances of contracting HIV, child abuse and exploitation, community health and safety concerns, gender based violence and all forms of discrimination against women and vulnerable people.”
RDC Kabarole Stephen Asiimwe called on parents and leaders to deepen and widen child protection through fostering, care and guidance.
In October, 2015, World Bank suspended funding to the Uganda Transport Sector Development Project (TSDP) for the construction of Kamwenge-Fort Portal 66.4km road due to contractual breaches related
to workers’ issues, social and environmental concerns, poor project performance, and serious allegations of sexual misconduct and abuse by the contractor.


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