Reducing child mutilation in Uganda through a process of social norm change



Contract partner: HumaneAfrica Country: Uganda Funding amount: € 179.341,00 Project start: 01.03.2013 End: 30.04.2015

Short Description:

Overall goal


It is a deep-rooted cultural belief throughout Uganda that when children’s body parts are mixed with traditional medicine, it becomes stronger and more powerful and can solve any problem, ranging from poverty to health issues. Recent Research demonstrates that throughout Uganda children are frequently mutilated and their body parts removed while they are still alive. At least one child mutilation or sacrifice occurs each week in Uganda.

The project’s objective is to reduce the number of child mutilations/sacrifices in Uganda throughout 25 communities through a process of empowerment of local communities and of social norm change. HumaneAfrica will work with community members through its local implementing partner Empower and Care Organization (EACO) to collectively abandon the use of children’s body parts, blood and tissue in traditional medicine and ceremonies. The project will focus on decreasing the demand for children’s body parts, blood and tissue that is generated by the community.

The target group includes 25 communities affected by child sacrifice (approx. 50,000 individuals), surviving victims, institutions of the Justice, Law and Order sector such as the Uganda Human Rights Commission, the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development and the Uganda Police Force and traditional healers.

Main activities and results:

• Through workshops and the social norm change process, bring 25 communities to a collective abandonment of body parts in traditional medicine.

• 10 workshops to bring JLOS institutions to a better understanding of what constitutes child mutilation/sacrifice to enable them to better respond.

• 10 workshops to bring Police and community members together to jointly tackle the challenges of reporting and recording child sacrifice.

• Support victims who have survived with medical and psycho-social support.

• Establish working group (UN, JLOS, NGOs and experts) to lobby for the adoption of the Government’s Action plan on Child Sacrifice.

project number 2711-00/2013
source of funding OEZA
sector Staatsführung & Zivilgesellschaft, allgemein
tied
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