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NGOs Start Campaign To End Violence Against Children

NGOs Start Campaign To End Violence Against Children

A group of six child rights NGOs under their umbrella consortium, have joined forces to fight violence against children.

This is going to be a nine-month multimedia campaign. It will target parents and caregivers to enable them to adopt non-violent parenting methods.

Last year 27% of all cases reported to the Uganda Child Helpline were related to physical violence.

“These statistics should worry us all and motivate us to join hands and end this form of violence. They also reveal that there is an overwhelming need to provide practical support to parents and caregivers so that they can provide nurturing care and support to children. This need inspired the creation of the Hands4Good campaign,” said  Dragana Strinic, the Save the Children Country Director.

He said physical punishment is not the only way to discipline a child or even not the best way.

“If you ask any adult in Uganda, almost all of them will say that they have experienced one or more forms of physical violence in their childhood. The sad reality is that many of them believe that it is the only and best way to discipline a child.”

“We want to say that there is no justification for violence against children. Also,we can discipline our children without inflicting pain on them.

We can use non-violent methods that will build trust and a good relationship between a parent and a child. Rather than causing harm and ruining their self-confidence,” Strinic added.

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