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Plan Launches New Drive to End Child Rights Violations in Busoga Kingdom :: Uganda Radionetwork

Plan Launches New Drive to End Child Rights Violations in Busoga Kingdom

Plan Internation Uganda's country director, Iveta Ovury signs a memoradum of understanding with Busoga kingdom officials aimed at ending child rights violations in the sub region

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Plan International-Uganda has started a new campaign to promote observance of Children's rights in Busoga Kingdom.

As part of the campaign, the two entities have now signed a Memorandum of Understanding, a tool that they will use to fight early marriages, teenage pregnancies, defilement, child labor, child prostitution and all other forms of violence against children. It will also be used to  empower both boys and girls, with adequate information on championing their rights.

Plan’s country director, Iveta Ouvry says that they have carried out activities of child empowerment in Busoga sub region for the past 20 years, and supported the young people to learn and thrive in society. However, she adds that working alongside cultural institutions is instrumental in drafting suitable solutions to ending child rights abuses in communities.

Iveta is optimistic that their formal partnership with the kingdom will create room for raising well nurtured children, adding that, when the protective aspects of child rights efforts are grounded in cultural practices in a community and linked to a clear agenda on gender equality, the impacts are highly transformative. 

She adds that the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the direct gaps in parenting in many Ugandan families and their partnership will foster joint solutions to address the primary roles of parents, care givers and communities, in shaping social norms and practices that advance the rights of children, especially girls.

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Meanwhile, the Kyabazinga of Busoga, William Gabula Nadiope IV acknowledges that several communities within Busoga Kingdom are struggling with different forms of child related abuses. He implored Plan officials to extend their sensitization drives throughout the sub region.

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