Apr 28, 2016

Public Dialogue to End Child Marriage in Butaleja

This dialogue was organizes mainly to address two objectives which included;

       I.            To generate and document commitments, political will and strategies proposed by candidates towards ending child marriages and teenage pregnancies in Butaleja district once elected in their respective political positions.

    II.            To sensitize the community and create awareness about the dangers of child marriages and teenage pregnancies to both the individual families and the community at large.

Methodology:             

A week prior the day of the dialogue, we held a planning and security meeting with the district security, Resident district commissioner, office of the CAO, office of gender and child protection, representatives of the candidates among others, at the district headquarters. The aim of this meeting was to harmoniously plan for the event, rectify on the child marriage questions, plan for security since it was a season of political climax and distribute roles and responsibilities to every stakeholder.

The dialogue was conducted mainly in Lunyole (the local language) as the language of communication which enabled equal participation by all members. The Assistant Chief Administrative officer was the moderator of the dialogue assisted by a member from civil society organization. Each candidate was given maximum of 10 Minutes to make their submissions/views and 5 minutes to respond to questions related to child marriages.  In order to keep the dialogue focused, any question to a particular candidate was asked through the moderators.

The dialogue was broadcasted LIVE on Open Gate FM radio station which was chosen because of its wide coverage in the region and the most accessible and listened to by the majority community members in Butaleja district.


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Jan 29, 2016

DELAY MARRIAGE PROMOTE EDUCATION FOR UGANDAN GIRLS

Uganda falls among the 15 worst African countries with high numbers of child bribes. Nearly half (46%) of girls are married by 18, and 12% are married by age 15. If we are to enable the adolescent girls of this and the next generation to live up to their potential, we must end the practice of child marriage and support married girls to be all that they can be.

 Joy for Children –Uganda with funding from Global Giving (online crowd funding platform) is implementing a project dubbed; Delay Marriage, Promote Schooling for Girls in Uganda aimed at eradicate the harmful practice of child marriage. The project activities include; dissemination of learning materials, assist local leaders to develop action plans to end child marriage, conduct community dialogues and   raising awareness, changing behavior and empowering communities with the Knowledge and tools needed to resist child marriage. Promote the effective implementation of strong laws and policies with a bearing on children especially the girl child and promote the fulfilment of their human rights.

From the engagement with local governments leader of butaleja district a number of action were commited by the leaders. Among others include the following in summary;

The finance officer mentioned that leaders should not look at Non-Government Organizations as sources of funds for the problems that are faced in the area. He urged that Government should work hand in hand with the organizations. He made commitment of saving a percentage of the district revenues handling child marriage cases in the district.

The religious leader of Butaleja district Sheik Mukawa Swaibu made a commitment to talk about child marriage and how it can be reduced in Butaleja during their prayer time.

The District Police Commander of Butaleja made a commitment to work with the organization and also handle child marriage cases without tolerating any bribery from the community so that the issue is solved.

The Rev. George Kyampwine also made a commitment to preach the gospel of ending child marriage in Butaleja during church masses and after the mass so that the community gets to know that child marriage is a bad for the community.   

NB: Full report and photos are attached. 

Thank you very much for continued support. 


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Sep 14, 2015

Delay Marriage Promote Schooling August 2015

Joy for Children –Uganda through Global Giving is implementing a project to eradicate the harmful practice of child marriage through raising awareness, changing behaviour and empowering communities with the knowledge and tools needed to resist child marriage. Promote the effective implementation of strong laws and policies with a bearing on children especially the girl child and promote the fulfilment of their human rights. Develop and implement human developmental activities such as capacity building and entrepreneurial programs that would mitigate the effects

 

The project campaigns to encourage girls and the community to delay marriage and promote schoolling especially for the girl child.

 

The activities being carried out include; provide girls with scholastic materials and sanitary towels to keep them in school, Print and disseminate learning materials on child marriage, Assist local leaders to develop action plans to prevent child marriages, Help people understand the risks and negative impacts of child marriage, linking the project with district and national level government policy changes through advocacy activities, Training, community dialogues and distribution of information, education and communication materials among others.

In this report, two major project activities are reported on;

a) Help people understand the risks and negative impacts of child marriage

b) Training, community dialogues and distribution of information, education and communication materials

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