By our reporter
Legislators have pledged support the fight against social evils against children by amending the children’s act to increase more sentences for those that violate children’s rights.
The pledge was made by the woman MP for Oyam country south Betty Among who was representing the speaker at the stakeholders open day at the CHOGM grounds at parliament.
The day that has its theme as “eliminating all evil practices against children” and this emphasis is being put on female genital mutilation.
Hon Among noted that there is still an increase in evils against children like child sacrifice, sexual abuse, early marriages, child labor, and several others.
This year emphasis has been put on female genital mutilation that is still going on in districts like Amudat, Bukwo, Kween Moroto and others.
She says there is still need to do reforms in the law on the children’s act especially clause 59 to increase the sentences given to the culprits that violate children’s rights and also increase advocacy to these remote areas about female genital mutilation.
Meanwhile the woman mp for Bukwo district Tete Chelengati, says hindrances like the inaccessibility of the area for the law enforcers to reach these communities, poor communication like lack of local radio and TV, the dependency of the cutters of this practice because they get cows from each girl they mutilate and can’t leave this job for anything else has kept the practice in the region.
Some of the girls and the cutters that were involved in the mutilation practice told their stories.
Every 16th of June, Uganda joins other African countries to commemorate the day of the African child. This year the celebrations will be in Buikwe district.