5TH COGE CONFERENCE IN COMMEMORATION OF THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF GIRL CHILD
5TH COGE CONFERENCE COMMEMORATION OF THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF GIRL CHILD
Two billion people live in countries affected by conflict and violence, and 200 million people are affected by natural disasters every year as a global fact. In 2016, approximately 535 million children were living in countries affected by conflict, natural disasters, epidemics and other emergencies worldwide, with nearly 50 million children on the move, more than half of them forcibly displaced. The protracted nature of current crises means that the millions of girls born into emergencies could spend their first years, if not decades, of life in an emergency setting. Gender-responsive resilience strategies and humanitarian crisis responses are immense opportunities to prevent, mitigate, and respond to the stark vulnerabilities girls face before, during, and after times of fragility, conflicts, disasters, and displacement.
RUPA PRIMARY SCHOOL, MOROTO DISTRICT UGANDA
Every 10 minutes, somewhere in the world, an adolescent girl dies as a result of violence. Gender-based violence contributes a lot to the problems that girls enter in like: Dropping out of schools, which results into early child marriages, sexual harassments and abuses ,child labour , exploitation, and trafficking.
Girls are also 2.5 times more likely to be out of school than boys during conflict, compromising their future prospects for work and financial independence as adults. Health services becomes so critical to girls’ wellbeing, including sexual and reproductive health services and information, maternal care, and provisions for menstrual health and hygiene, are often scarce or insufficient in crisis situations.
Furthermore, there is a big gap to emphasize on our theme “ skilled force” to become a fulifiment and this requires close monitoring and respond to the issues most critical to them, understand what strategies work best to protect and care for them, and engage and empower them.
It is also worth to note that Adolescent girls have the right to a safe education and healthy life, not only during these critical formative years, but also as they mature into women.
If effectively supported during the adolescent years, girls have the potential to change the world – both as the empowered girls of today and as tomorrow’s workers, mothers, entrepreneurs, mentors, household heads, and political leaders.
An investment in realizing the power of adolescent girls upholds their rights today and promises a more equitable and prosperous future, one in which half of humanity is an equal partner in solving the problems of climate change, political conflict, economic growth, disease prevention, and global Sustainable Development. The global community has made significant progress in improving the lives of girls during early childhood.
Today than ever before, girls in the first decade of life are more likely to enroll in primary school, receive key vaccinations, and are less likely to suffer from health and nutrition problems than were in previous generations. However, there has been insufficient investment in addressing the challenges girls face when they enter the second decade of their lives. This includes: quality Education at all levels and Eliminate challenges of child marriages and to empower them with information on reproductive health services.
As the global community launches the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for implementation over the next couple of years, it is a good time to recognize the achievements made in supporting young girls, while at the same time aspiring to support the current and upcoming generation of adolescent girls, to truly fulfill their potential as key actors in achieving a sustainable and equitable life.
Why this time Moroto. /JUSTIFICATION
According to our research/observation, Karamoja region is where girls mostly have been strongly marginalized for a long period of time, Karamoja being a rocky mountainousregion, known for gold mining in Rupa, Acherer in Nakapiripiriti, Amudut, Hemstones, Gypsum, and Uraniumand among others Karamoja region is well known for cattle keeping and they are pastoralists.
Basing on the above factors, young girls there are mostly involved in mining leaving out school and thus, increased dropouts for young girls in Karimoja region.
There is absolute poverty in Karamoja region and due to such many girls are not economically empowered despite gold mining and other minerals from their region.Karamojong are extremely hit by absolute poverty and due to poverty issues many karamojong girls are mostly found on the streets of Kampala begging for survival . They are experiencing extreme variability with a prolonged drought which causes them food insecurity.
Domestic violence is highly registered in Karamoja region, characterized with brutal violence; majorlyKaramoja region is the poorest district in Uganda with lots of challenges of which most of them affect girls, children and young women.
Culturally, Karamojong girls are culturally believed to be source of income for their parents and early marriage is commonly practical in Karamoja region because of their traditional beliefs .Women in Karamoja commonly face challenges of malnutrition ,death of children and difficulty in child bearing due to prolonged drought that affects their Agricultural activities..
The overall purpose of the Conference is to provide a space for dialogue among partners/ stakeholders to discuss and agree on possible strategies to rescue and support girls in situations of conflict, emergency and crisis
To share experiences, challenges and opportunities between 250 participants from the community leaders, CSOs religious leaders, young girls and other stakeholders.
To show-case milestones made in the empowerment of girls and adopt best practices
To give hope to the girls’ in communities ravaged by conflict and those abused in various forms.
A joint advocacy strategy manuscript drafted
At least 400 participants empowered and reinforced.
One dialogue meeting conducted at RUPA PRIMARY SCHOOL in Moroto District.
5th conference report developed
This grip of this conference will be participatory. All stakeholders will be involved right away from the beginning up to the end of project. These will include direct beneficiaries that is girls and young women, community leaders, politicians, CSOs/NGOs, Community development officers, the Police as well as development Partners . Participation will enhance consultation and mutual understanding; stimulate trust and ownership and sustainability.