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Thursday, March 16, 2017

VIOLENCE AGAINST CHILDREN CAN BE REDUCED STARTING RIGHT AT FAMILY LEVEL



"Violence against children can be reduced starting right at the family level."These were words of Mr Paul Mukokoma who was a facilitator at the training of child rights activists in Kitholhu Sub County on 15th March 2017 at Kitholhu sub county head quarters. He urged the child rights activists to center their work of protecting children’s rights at family level because  change begins at house hold level and if the communities are to change in regard to promoting and protecting children’s rights they should start with the families and the whole community will change. He further urged them to keep the spirit of voluntarism in protecting children’s rights and that they shouldn’t give up even though they face challenges. he said that sometimes sabotage during protection and promotion of children’s rights. 
The training was organized by RIC-NET under the project of Community Driven Approaches to Prevent Violence Against Children and Adolescents in Kasese District aimed at refreshing the activist’s knowledge on the concept of violence against children, understanding common causes of violence against children and equipping them with knowledge about national, regional and international legal frame works governing violence against children which they can use as tools for defending their work.
Participants during a group exercise

The Parish Chief of Kitholhu Mr. Kato Stephen who also attended the training encouraged the activists to work together as a team and always seek guidance from each other and refer complicated cases of child rights violations in their areas to relevant officials like the Police, probation office and the office of the CDO if they are to achieve the aims of their voluntary work of protecting and promoting children’s rights.
one of the participants presenting  group work