August 9, 2018 — On August 9, 2018, the Government of Uganda and its Ministry of Gender, Labour, and Social Development hosted multilateral, bilateral, academic, and civil society partners for the launch of the country’s first-ever Violence Against Children Survey (VACS) Report.
“This survey brings to light the widespread nature and problem of violence against children in the country,” the Honorable Hajat Janat Mukwaya, Minister of Gender, Labour and Social Development stated during her keynote address. “The findings provide crucial evidence that will help guide the government in our policy and programme decisions to better prevent and respond to violence against children across the country in the future.”
The survey was conducted by the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development with support from AfriChild Centre for Excellence, ChildFund, Transcultural Psychosocial Organisation Uganda (TPO), Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS), as well as PEPFAR, USAID, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and UNICEF, as part of the Together for Girls Partnership.
The Uganda VACS produced the most comprehensive information to date on the magnitude and scope of physical, sexual, and emotional violence experienced by Ugandan children and youth, with data collected from eastern, western, central, and northern Uganda for a more detailed regional breakdown than any preceding VACS.
Key findings of the survey reveal the magnitude of violence against children and youth in Uganda:
While the data showcase the scale of violence of children and youth in Uganda, they will be an instrumental tool as the Government of Uganda and its partners coordinate and implement a national response to prevent and address violence against children and youth.
For more information about the Uganda VACS, check out the country fact sheet or visit the Uganda country page.
About Together for Girls
Together for Girls is a global partnership working to end violence against children and adolescents, particularly sexual violence against girls. The partnership brings together more than 20 national governments, civil society organizations, UN entities, development partners, and the private sector to improve violence prevention, healing and justice. Together for Girls uses an innovative model of data, advocacy and action to drive lasting change and create a safer world for all.
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