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.