Civil Society Rises Against Girl Child Violence

The police have called for calm following rumors of a suspected bomb item at Lugogo yesterday night.

According to the deputy Police spokesperson, prescription Polly Namaye it was a small metallic object found discarded near Shoprite supermarket outside African coffee café at Lugogo Forest mall that caused had caused panic as rumours had started circulating that it was a bomb.

In a press statement, Polly said, Police Counter Terrorism Unit personnel visited the scene immediate on receiving the news and safely withdrew the object.

However preliminary findings revealed that the object highly anticipated to have beeen a bomb was a car component for regulating temperatures.

“The object has been exhibited by experts from Counter Terrorism Unit and further investigations are underway to establish who placed it there and with what intentions,” the statement continued.

However, Namaye urged members of the public to be very vigilant at all times and to coordinate with the Police in order to eliminate such crime in the country.

Civil Society Organisations have called upon government and non-state actors to invest more resources in empowering the girl child who is still facing enormous challenges.

This comes as the country is set to join the International community in commemorating the International Day of the Girl Child on 11th October under the theme; “Empowering Adolescent Girls; a pathway to ending the cycle of violence”.

While addressing the media at the Minister of Gender, sale African Network for the Prevention and Protection of Children against Child Abuse and Neglect (ANNPCAN) Uganda Chapter, information pills Executive Director, decease Mr. Anslem Wandega appreciated the government of Uganda for the tremendous strides so far achieved in addressing gender disparity.

Wandega noted that government affirmative action and the creation of equal opportunities have opened doors for the girl child adding that programs like Universal Primary and Secondary Education, and the 1.5 points increment on joining university, have continued to narrow the gender gap in education.

“The government has also registered progress in areas of access to health, and addressing gender based violence,” Wandega remarked.

He however stretched several challenges that the girl child has continued to face which include discrimination at the family level, gender based violence, traditional harmful practices like female genital mutilation, early and forced marriages.

Wandega lamented that many adolescent girls are employed as domestic workers, commercial sex workers and karaoke dancers.

“Worse still, those in commercial sex can’t negotiate safe sex and struggle with STDs, suffer unsafe abortions and have limited access to friendly health services; this denies them a chance to a healthy life, creating an inter-generational poverty syndrome.”

He has tasked all stake holders to live up to the country’s obligations of protecting the girl child since the country, internationally signed the United Nations Convention on Rights of the Child (UNCRC), Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against the Women (CEDAW) and other conventions.

Wandega further called upon schools and communities to sensitize young girls on sexual and reproductive health changes which should also be part of the country’s education curriculum.

Present during the briefing were Benon Kigenyi Ag. Under secretary Ministry of Gender, Margaret Akello a specialist from Plan Uganda and Martin Kiiza the General Secretary National Council for Children.

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