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Uganda calls for improved child protection at International summit

Gender Minister Janat Mukwaya (C) makes a submission during a panel discussion at the summit in Sweden.

Kampala, Uganda | MGLSD | The Uganda Government has called on international partners to aggressively implement strategies that safeguard children against violence so as to enable the young generation achieve their full potential.

The Minister of Gender, Labour and Social Development Janat Balunzi Mukwaya observed that ending violence against children is a child rights issue, a matter of child security and dignity.

“It’s therefore imperative that we rally effort by all stakeholders at international, national and sub-national levels and within the various sectors to ensure that children are protected from violence.” Mukwaya said.

She made the passionate call while delivering a keynote address at “The Agenda 2030 for Children: End Violence Against Children Solutions Summit” held early this month in Stockholm, Sweden.

The Summit was organized by Sweden in partnership with the Global Partnership to End Violence against Children and the ‘We Protect Global Alliance to end child sexual exploitation online’.

In 2015, world leaders acknowledged the severity of epidemic levels of violence against children and committed to end all forms of violence and exploitation of children by 2030 as part the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in Agenda 2030.

Uganda participates at the summit as a Pathfinder Country since 2016, a status attained as a result of Uganda’s progressive efforts to end violence against children in fulfillment of the SDG 16.2, which states ‘End abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against and torture of children’.

Uganda’s efforts to end violence against children have been applauded by the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children and the international community and is among the 17 countries around the world championing the cause to end violence against children.

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