Gov’t Called to Outlaw Corporal Punishment at ‘Hands for Good’ Festival

Government of Uganda though parliament has been urged to enact a law that bans use of corporal punishment again children.

The call was made on Wednesday by Ms Dragana Strinic, the chairperson of the Joining Forces Alliance, during the “Hands for Good” Festival in Kampala.

“We would like to request the members of parliament to make corporal punishment unlawful in Uganda’s homes, just as it is unlawful in schools,” she said

“ This will significantly contribute to achieving children’s rights to protection and healthy development.”

Ms Strinic also called on the government of Uganda to “enhance budgeting and implementation of the child protection mechanisms, especially strengthening measures of reporting, justice and law, addressing the cultural and social norms that contribute to the tolerance towards violence.”

Some of the children who took part in the festival

The Hands for Good Festival was organized by Joining Forces Alliance in partnership with the Ministry of Gender Labor and Social Development, to climax a 9-month “Hands for Good” campaign, which has been running in the country since March.

The Joining Forces Alliance is made up of the six largest child-focused global agencies – Child Fund; Plan; Save the Children; SOS Children’s Villages; Terre des Hommes; and World Vision, and for the last 5 years has been pushing for child rights and ending violence against children.

Justus Rugambwa, the Manager, Joining Forces Consortium speaking at the festival

According to Justus Rugambwa, the Manager, Joining Forces Consortium, the program in Uganda which was supported by the European Union, focused on six districts of Gulu, Obongi, Kampala, Wakiso, Busia, and Bugiri.

“The campaign empowered children and parents to understand what violence is and how to work collectively to reduce the levels of physical violence and increase reporting of violence against children” he said.

According to the 2018 National Violence Against Children Survey, parents or adult relatives were the most common perpetrators of physical violence in childhood.

Reports also indicate that 7 in 10 boys and 6 in 10 girls in Uganda have experienced physical violence in their childhood. Unfortunately, children most commonly do not seek help because they think it is their fault or do not even understand that physical violence is a problem.

Mr Nicholas Gonze, from the EU Delegation in Uganda

Speaking at the event, Mr Nicholas Gonze, from the EU Delegation in Uganda thanked the Joining Forces Alliance for responding to child protection needs during a time of uncertainty

“The European Union is proud to be associated with the Hands for Good project,” he said.

“ I would like to assure you of the European Union’s commitment to upholding the rights of children and ensuring children and youth fully realize their potential.”

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