Activists want child protection prioritised

Saturday August 16 2014


Kampala- Activists have asked governments in Africa to prioritise child protection in the post 2015 development agenda as a move to compel policy makers allocate resources to the sector.

Under their umbrella body, Uganda Child Rights NGO Network (UCRNN), the activists lamented that despite the various interventions, millions of children have continued to suffer harmful cultural practices due to lack of resources to implement the laws and policies.

“Child protection systems like juvenile justice are an integral component of broader system of rule of law. It is vital that the issue of violence perpetrated against all children, including those with disabilities, be explicitly included in the next development framework to ensure that children live free from all forms of violence,” Ms Stella Ayo Odongo, the Executive Director of UCRNN, said.

Addressing journalists in Kampala yesterday, Ms Odongo said there is need to invest in child programmes to address child death, access to water and sanitation, the high levels of malnutrition, as well as initiatives to protect children from vulnerable situations.

In the joint statement, the child rights actors appealed to the framers of the development agenda to ensure it reflects progressive realisation of the rights of every child without discrimination.

“It is our appeal that the post 2015 development agenda reflect commitments prohibiting and eliminating all forms of abuse and violence through effective, comprehensive and integrated child protection systems,” Mr Timothy Opobo, the manager in charge of Child Protection at Child Fund, said.

Other appeals include commitments towards fighting malnutrition, preventable infant and child deaths, universal access to quality early childhood development programmes and achieving universal birth registration for all children.