As Uganda is preparing to lead the U.N. General Assembly in September, calls are growing for the East African country to use its presidency to fight violence against children.
“They have a very significant opportunity and that means they need to lead in speaking out of the situation,” Roy Anderson, Director of the Child Fund International for External Relations, told Anadolu Agency.
Ugandan Foreign Minister Sam Kutesa is set to become President of the U.N. General Assembly in September.
On 2 May 2013, the African Union’s Executive Council unanimously voted to have Ugandan Foreign Minister Sam Kutesa as the president of the United Nations General Assembly after Cameroonian Foreign Minister Pierre Moukoko withdrew, thus not necessitating an election.
Anderson believes that it is imperative for Uganda to use its term as the president of the U.N. General Assembly to fight violence against children.
“The statistics are very grave,” Anderson said. “If we want to create a world that’s better for our children, we need to make sure that the issues of violence and exploitation are addressed.”
A recent study by Child Fund Alliance in 41 countries showed that violence against children was on the rise.
The study highlighted different forms of violence against children, including punishment with heated metal rods and spoons, beating and early marriage to settle family disputes and debts.
In Africa, the study highlighted that child labor and sexual violence were the worst forms of violence against children in the continent.
Adapted From WORLD BULLETIN