In Uganda and specifically the Rwenzori region, children and women experience daily acts of violence at an alarming rate in homes, schools, and communities. Domestic beatings, physical and sexual abuse, and rape or defilement are daily realities that are robbing children and women of their rights and putting their lives at risk. Children in particular suffer abusive power relationships, corporal punishment as a method of discipline, and child marriage – each a form of violence that is accepted.
RIDE AFRICA therefore organized a training of child protection committees and child rights activists on their roles and responsibilities and handling different child rights violations and abuses in the local communities in Maliba and Kitswamba sub-counties, Kasese district. These child protection structures support children in communities through promotion and protection of their economic, social and political rights.
They were further empowered to lobby as well as advocate for them through influencing budget allocation, supporting the formulation of regulations that provide them a free environment in homes, schools and communities. These structures also conduct awareness raising activities on children’s rights and to generate issues that can inform the sub-county leadership about the existing problems affecting children.
These community child protection structures are now actively promoting and protecting children’s rights in communities of Maliba and Kitswamba and report to relevant authorities cases of abuse or exploitation that exist in their areas.
71 participants were involved in this training which took place on 25th July and 2nd August 2016.