RECOMMITMENT TO FIGHT VIOLENCE AGAINST CHILDREN.
Bugiri District leadership has recommitted itself towards ending violence against children. This was during a re commitment function by World Vision Uganda at the District Headquarters.
In his remarks, Mr. Okoka Freddie, the Regional Programme Manager for Eastern region said that the situation of children gets worse every other year adding that in Uganda 50% of the children go in for early marriage, 24% conceive at an early age while 40% of the labor force are children. He observed that such statistics are not very good and therefore called upon the District leadership to commit itself to the global campaign “It takes a world” which aims at ending violence against children.
In the CSO’s statement read out by Ms. Dorothy Kisakye, Coordinator – Ending Violence against children, it was observed that over 60% of Bugiri’s population are young people below 30 years. She observed that this young population had not been fruitful to the District because of the high cases of teenage pregnancy adding that the 2017 District report indicated that teenage pregnancy in the District was at 28% above the national average of 25%. She added that in the World Vision baseline survey conducted in Bugiri District, sexual harassment was ranked as the highest form of violence followed by corporal punishment. She therefore called upon everyone to play their role adding that it would take all of us to end violence against children
Nabwire Hellen, a P.7 pupil from Nakatwe Primary School who read the children statement on behalf of her fellow children requested everyone to respect children’s rights. “During children’s meeting almost all children indicated with Tears that they had experienced some form of violence. Sexual violence and corporal punishments came out strongly as the most common forms of violence experienced by children. Sadly, the people we trust most like our own parents, teachers and leaders sexually abuse us and torture us” she said.
The District Chairman Hajji Azalwa Malijan Baluboleire thanked World Vision Uganda for the support rendered to the District. He observed that with the dwindling resources in local governments, only Implementing partners can support the Districts in achieving their targets. “World vision has done so many projects including classroom blocks, pit latrines, water sources among others in the sub counties of Buwunga, Nankoma and Nabukalu and a result they were voted the best Implementing partners and given a certificate during the District end of year party.” he said.
He called upon all stake holders to play their role adding that the good structures constructed by World Vision should be reflected in good performance. He said that much as Bugiri District was not among the last Districts in the country, its performance was still wanting and a lot had to be done to register improvements.