Areas of Implementation: NATIONAL LEVEL
Period: TWO YEARS
Uganda has one of the highest child marriage prevalence rates in the world at 40% (UNICEF 2016). Nearly one in every two girls is married before their 18th birthday. Child Marriage violates the rights of women and girls to education, economic opportunities, sexual and reproductive health, personal security and bodily integrity, freedom from torture, cruel, inhumane treatment: and life; as well as the state’s obligation to protect, respect and fulfill these rights. Addressing child marriage is a global call to all states and sectors as articulated in International and Regional Human Rights laws. It’s against this back ground that Joy for Children-Uganda is implementing a project on ‘Enhancing Collaboration and Legal Action to End Harmful Practices (Child Marriage) in Uganda’ funded by AmplifyChange through Equality Now.
The Objectives will be achieved through;
Discussions are going on with Parliamentarians, CSOs and the media to ensure the process of enacting the bill into law is accelerated.