State Minister for Youth and Children Affairs, Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi urges parents to fight child abuse and neglect
State Minister for Youth and Children Affairs, Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi says 98 per cent of the children below the age of 18 in Uganda suffer the abuse of different forms.
Addressing journalists at Uganda Media Centre in Kampala Nakiwala urged parents and guardians to join efforts such that child abuse and child neglect is ended in Uganda.
“Child abuse is in seven different forms and research shows that 98% of all people below the age of 18 have been abused in one way or another,” Nakiwala said.
In her message to parents, Nakiwala asked parents to keep an eye on their children while at home because some of the children are abused by their close relatives for instance; their Uncles, Aunts among others without them noticing.
Nakiwala however, asked the media to conduct mass sensitisation on child abuse and neglect laws saying that most of the people are not aware that such laws exist in the country.
She adds that the Ministry has included some regulations on the laws concerning children to ensure that children enjoy their rights in the country.
Also, Nakiwala asked the media to cooperate with the Ministry in the struggle to end child abuse and neglect in Ugandan children.
“We are performing very well in terms of regulation, what was missing was enforcement. Laws are very good but they are in books when you go out, all the music shows are full of children,” Nakiwala stated.
Nakiwala says child labour and child marriages is on increase in Uganda today according to research, she notes that many children are found working in shows, shops, supermarkets, local markets which is against the law.
“You will find that there are early marriages especially in Kasese, Rwenzori region and eastern, these children are young mothers, they are children,” Nakiwala said.