The minister of ICT and National guidance Judith Nabakooba has warned criminals who use social media to violate girl child rights.
Nabakooba made these remarks as Uganda joined the world to celebrate international Day of the girl child, a day when countries world over stop to reflect on the challenges facing the girl child and make commitments towards improving the status of girls.
Nabakooba notes that today’s theme is looking at situation of girls and the challenges they face while using social media platforms.
The minister says that despite the various benefits of social media, the Ministry of ICT is aware that these online platforms have also been a source of violence and abuse targeting girls and women.
“Every day, so many girls on social media are targeted through different forms of abuse. Some of the attacks target girls innocence by luring them into online sex trade that is now rampant.” She said.
“Others simply target girls by mocking the way they look or dress. Such attacks are meant to attack the girl’s confidence making her feel inferior and worthless.” She added.
Nabakooba cautioned that government condemns this kind of online abuse as she called upon all those involved to stop it.
“I want to encourage all those girls and women who have been victims of social media abuse to stand up and take action.
You can choose to block, ignore or even unfriend the online bullies. If the situation gets out of hand, please report the matter to your nearest police.”she further cautioned.
“At a time when online spaces have become a necessity, we all have
an obligation to keep our girls safe and protected all the time when
online.” She added.
On the other hand, Nabakooba called upon the public to utilise existing
opportunities in wealth creation by doing something.
“A lot of opportunities continue to open up every day in several
sectors such as agriculture, ICT, Production, Service provision and others.”she said.
Nabakooba points out that the president made a special appeal to the youth to hard and ensure that they improve their welfare.
“I want to use today’s briefing to inform all Ugandans that all wealth creation opportunities are available for all Ugandans regardless of your political or any other inclination.Among these opportunities are the emyooga or wealth creation funds. ” she said.
According to the minister, last week, cabinet approved the administration of these funds to be taken closer to the people.
“Previously Emyooga funds have been managed at district level. Going forward, they will now be managed at parish and
constituency level.Each constituency has upto 560 million shillings to give out for
development purposes.” She said.
“I therefore call upon everyone to reach out to your parish chief or
community development officer for information on how you can
access these funds.Let us get organized in our SACCOs and ensure that no one is left
behind in government’s wealth creation efforts.” Nabakooba added.