HONECRIC warns on increasing child to child sex, HIV/AIDS in Hoima

The Coordinator Hoima Network of Child Rights Clubs (HONECRIC), Ms Catherine Kamanyire Kobusiinge, during a stakeholders engagement in Hoima City in August 2023. (Image: Kazi-njema News)

Parents and guardians have been tasked to heighten their sensitisation of children about the dangers of early sex and its related challenges.

Ms Catherine Kamanyire Kobusiinge, the Coordinator Hoima Network of Child Rights Clubs (HONECRIC), observes that nowadays some children are getting involved in child to child sex as young as five years of age but parents continue hoping they are young.

According to her, the spread of HIV/AIDS is also unfortunately increasing as people tend to think it is no longer an issue.

She advises parents and guardians to keep a close eye on children and ensure male children have separate bedrooms from their female counterparts to avoid incest and child sex.

Audio: Kobusiinge on child sex (English)

Ms Kobusiinge was speaking at a stakeholders engagement fully attended by board members and city mayors among other stakeholders at the margins of their The Aids Support Organisation (TASO) supported project about HIV/AIDS and general reproductive health among primary and secondary schools in Greater Hoima.

On children with disabilities, the coordinator urged government leaders to always consider allocating enough resources to children with disabilities since they are more vulnerable to the spread of HIV/AIDS and other reproductive health challenges.

Audio: Kobusiinge on HIV & general gaps (English)

The Hoima city West Division Mayor, Mr Robert Kyomuhendo, credited HONECRIC for bridging the funding gaps on issues for persons with disabilities and reproductive health awareness in general.

“It is true we get limited resources to cater for persons with disabilities and those are the gaps reflected but we are lobbying different stakeholders to improve services,” he said.

Audio: Kyomuhendo on funding (English)

Mr Joy Rufunda, the Chairperson for Hoima Blind Women Association appealed to the leaders to enforce consideration of walkways and other relevant infrastructure to facilitate access for persons with disabilities to social and private amenities like hotels and schools.

Audio: Rufunda on children with disabilities (English)

Mr Bosco Muhanuzi, the Hoima city East Division Mayor, acknowledged gaps in consideration of persons with disabilities as developments take course but said they were committed to working with different stakeholders to see that persons with disabilities can enjoy their rights as human beings.

Audio: Muhanuzi on infrastructure for persons with disabilities (English)

HONECRIC has more than 70 child righst clubs in Greater rHoima that they use as entry points to spread sensitisation messages on reproductive health through music, dance and drama with a broad objective of promoting the rights of children.

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