T here is overwhelming evidence, both in Uganda and globally, detailing the disturbingly high prevalence of violence against children (VAC), as well the debilitating consequences it leads to for its survivors. VAC occurs at all levels of society, in our homes, communities, and schools. Development with support from AfriChild Centre for Excellence, ChildFund, PEPFAR, Transcultural Psychosocial Organisation Uganda (TPO), Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS), USAID, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and UNICEF, 3 in 4 young adults experienced some form of violence during childhood. 1 in 3 young adults experienced at least two forms of violence – of sexual, physical and emotional violence – during childhood. Half of all 18-24 year old Ugandans believe it is acceptable for a man to beat his wife in front of their children. This violence has occurred in various forms namely; Sexual Violence were18-24 year olds, 1 in 3 females (35%) and one in six males (17%) experienced sexual abuse during their childhood. 1 in 4 young adults who experienced sexual abuse during childhood first experienced it at the age of 13 or younger.
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The Sauti Ya Dada (The Girl’s Voice) project under Creative Action Institute, creates spaces for adolescent girls to access and exchange information and tools they need to activate and grow their leadership skills.
The program partners with grassroots leaders and teachers to provide support to girls in order for them to learn, discover and develop their agency as well as contribute to change in their communities, country and the world. Through this program, we develop creative leaders, build networks and support grassroots advocacy globally. Through experiential training, events, and coaching, Creative Action Institute develops creative leaders, builds networks and supports grassroots advocacy globally.
30 girls were selected and have been coached to develop self-confidence, and are empowered to advocate for their own rights as well as the rights of other girls.Various platforms are used in this program e.g., art projects, podcasts, music, dance and drama etc in order to use the girls’ different talents to speak to their communities. Creating girl-led clubs that serve as a safe and supportive environment for girls in school and their homes so as to engage and connect with their peers and mentors, continue learning and develop new aspirations. Promoting safety and wellbeing of adolescent girls. At the core of the program is the safety and wellbeing of the girls. Sexual reproductive and Health Rights education is crucial in preventing teen pregnancy, early marriage and unsafe abortion. Sauti ya Dada provides a comprehensive SRHR education so that girls can make informed decisions regarding their own sexual health and rights. Equipping adolescent girls with leadership skills. The girls have an opportunity to learn skills and knowledge that is vital to steering them towards. Allowing girls to lead. Sauti ya Dada goes beyond teaching girls leadership skills to allowing them to be at the centre of decision making and problem solving in their communities.