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Girls Parliament to end child marriage in Uganda

by Share Child Opportunity Eastern and Northen Uganda (SCOEN)
Girls Parliament to end child marriage in Uganda
Girls Parliament to end child marriage in Uganda
Girls Parliament to end child marriage in Uganda
Girls Parliament to end child marriage in Uganda
Girls Parliament to end child marriage in Uganda
Girls Parliament to end child marriage in Uganda
Girls Parliament to end child marriage in Uganda
Girls Parliament to end child marriage in Uganda
Girls Parliament to end child marriage in Uganda
Girls Parliament to end child marriage in Uganda
Girls Parliament to end child marriage in Uganda
Girls Parliament to end child marriage in Uganda
Girls Parliament to end child marriage in Uganda
Girls Parliament in ending child marriage

Ending sexual violence and harmful practices

We recognise that practices such as early marriage, female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) and sexual violence are violations of girls’ and boys’ sexual health rights. These often have severe and deep-rooted negative impacts on children’s and young people’s physical and psychological well-being, their sense of self-worth and their successful future development.

SCOEN is dedicated to mobilising parents, community leaders, government authorities and other children and young people to identify, analyse, understand and end the harmful practices and sexual violence children and young people face.

By engaging girls with community and religious leaders including boys and girls, men and women, policy makers and influencers the power of Girls Parliament as a community awareness intervention in ending child marriage will be realised. SCOEN has identified impact pathways included creating opportunities for reflection and helping people shift both attitudes and practices, face-to-face communication with target groups and generating the ability to address issues of concern directly and to re-frame local thinking through:-

  1. SCOEN has reach 231 adolescent girls and young women in Community Dialogues "Girls’ Parliaments” through which girls engaged with key stakeholders like police and child protection unit, political as community advocacy to end child marriage in the communities at sub county and district level; this involved interactive discussion, exchange and sharing of opinions and experiences on child marriage in a community.
  2. Conducted and facilitated SRHR/ GBV, mentoring and role modelling for in and out of school girls through debates, poetry and MDD through which we reached about 80 AGYW aged 13-24 years
  3. Conducted training of trainers of peer educators on Life skills based Comprehensive sexuality education (25 ToTs)
  4. Conducted peer education on Life skills based Comprehensive sexuality education sessions for girls and boys targeting 1240 boys and girls
  5. Conducted Training of Trainer (ToT) training for community facilitators to undertake ‘Parents’ Schools’ (42 parents trained as ToTs)
  6. Conducted monthly radio talk shows

Together we advocate to improve legal frameworks and to ensure they are being effectively implemented. A key element to our approach is to give young people a voice in this process, to involve them – particularly girls – and to empower them to claim their rights to a safer, more fulfilling life.

We want to thank all institutions, person who have generously given financial and technical support to SCOEN!! You have made us reach 14 communities now.  Our PROJEC-GIRLS PARLIAMENT TO END CHILD MARRIAGE IN UGANDA is till on!. Our goal is to raise $82,350, sofar raide $1011 to helps us reach out to the communities to prevent and respond to child marriage.

The parliaments will create a platform that promotes critical reflection and allows for questioning of beliefs, myths, and practices in order to realize a change in social norms, accelerating the reduction of child marriage.

just a small donation of $10 will help SCOEN change the community and train Adoloscent Girls and Young Women become change agent.

 

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Group focu discusion at Camp Swahili
Group focu discusion at Camp Swahili

Your genorous donations towards Girls Parliament to end child marriage in Uganda Project has so far enabled SCOEN to development project content like training manuals, IEC messages, social media messages etc. and yet translation of content to local language “Ateso.

The parliaments has create a platform that promotes critical reflection and allows for questioning of beliefs, myths, and practices in order to realize a change in social norms, accelerating the reduction of child marriage and gender based violence.

The fund facilitated create a dialogue about gender equality and child marriage at the community level through use of video and voice recording of interested community members that share helpful stories, testimonies, ideas, experiences, and knowledge about child marriage. This ahsl create opportunities for productive community level discussions on early marriage and how it can be overcome.

Group focus discusion at Arapai Sub County
Group focus discusion at Arapai Sub County

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Thank you our supporters!!!

Your genorous donations towards Girls Parliament to end child marriage in Uganda Project has so far enabled SCOEN to development project content like training manuals, IEC messages, social media messages etc. and yet translation of content to local language “Ateso.

We have also been able to train our volunteers and staff on Child Safegurding; while working with the children it’s the responsibility of SCOEN to make sure our staff, operations, and programmes do no harm the children, do not expose children to the risk of harm and abuse, and any concerns the organization has about children’s safety within the communities in which we work, are reported to the appropriate authorities.

We acknowledge risks and implement measures to address them is fundamental to organizations’ strategies and governance. The more this is recognized, the more risks can be prevented.

We are on set now  to take on the project!

The best way to change the society & the underlying issues is to channelize the power of woman in every walk of life.

We’re grateful you chose to support our work. Thank you for being a part of our team of supporters that are making our project a reality. We hope you enjoy learning about our work and continue to stay engaged with our team.

Please consider telling your friends and family about our work, you can also share on social media, or just bring us up in conversation. Sharing with your community why you chose to support our organization will help us increase the work we can do in our community itoInspire adolescent girls andyoung women to be strong, smart, and bold.
We understand how and when children’s rights are violated and girls are denied equality. We also understand the impact this has on their lives

Whats Girls' Parliament and how we intend to run it?

A Girl’s Parliament consists of a sequence of sessions, each leading to the intended outcome. Child Marriage may not be discussed in the initial sessions to avoid community backlash. Related motivational activities will be used to introduce the topic. The initial sessions will be informed by the local context of the community.

The main objective of Girls’ parliament is to create a platform that promotes critical reflection that allows for questioning of beliefs, myths and practices in order to realize a change in social norms to accelerate the abandonment of Child Marriage.

This will: -

  • create a deeper understanding of communities, their situation, current practices, interests, existing opportunities and challenges and helps devise mitigating strategies for sustainable behavior change
  • enhance accountability and stimulates action and a sense of ownership of agreed interventions by the community
  • enable identification of key persons in the community in order to build networks and partnerships to ensure sustainability
  • enhance the capacity of the facilitators to develop effective and adaptable skills in inclusive decision-making for attitude and behavior change

The following steps are essential in organizing and conducting the girl’s parliament:

Training of community facilitators; stakeholders’ mapping and engagement; participant identification; develop leading questions; venue selection; and timing of the dialogue; Participant mobilization - a maximum of 45 participants is advisable for one facilitator.

It’s also important to understand how to conduct such effective sessions to bring about the desired change. Like to: - introduce the purpose of the dialogue; language of the dialogue, rules of engagement; community resolve and action plan; evaluating the dialogue and concluding the dialogue

FACILITATION:

Facilitation plays a significant role as it ensures that the objectives are met. It is thus imperative to have a qualified individual who will understand the qualities, roles and responsibilities of facilitation to effectively moderate theconversation. This person will be sourced to facilitate, conversant with Child Marriage issues and may be able to handle different scenarios. she may be confronted with different scenarios during the dialogue process that may hinder successful engagement and conclusion of the process

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SCOEN is treating Girls Parliament to end child marriage in Uganda as annual Fundraiser. In order to ensure the success of this very important fundraiser, we are seeking contributions to help defray the costs associated with the event, so that all funds raised can go directly toward the community.

Generous donors like you are the key to our success and make it possible for Share Child Opportunity Eastern and Northern Uganda (SCOEN) to provide local individuals and families in need with assistance and critical services. We hope that we can count on your support to help us provide 120 young women with training to lead "Girls' Parliaments" enabling them to become change agents in their communities and to contribute to raising community awareness about children's rights, child marriage, and women's sexual and reproductive health and rights, equip parents with the knowledge they need to be effective advocates of girls' and women's rights and to be able to take action to end child marriage. Together, we can end child marriage!

We thank you for your we shall keep all our partners upto date

 

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Share Child Opportunity Eastern and Northen Uganda (SCOEN)

Location: Soroti, Eastern Uganda - Uganda
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Twitter: @Scoenuganda1
Project Leader:
Lucas Haron Akol
Fundraising/Partner Relations Officer
Soroti, Eastern Uganda Uganda
$1,142 raised of $82,350 goal
 
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$81,208 to go
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