Reducing violence against children: Lessons from a community-based approach in post-conflict Uganda
In post-conflict settings, children are routinely exposed to sexual, physical, and emotional violence in their homes, schools, and communities. After decades of Uganda’s political conflict, violence against children is common. Of Ugandans 18-24 years old, 59% of girls and 68% of boys reported experiencing physical violence during their childhoods, whereas 35% of girls and 17% of boys reported experiencing sexual violence. In addition, 11% of girls experienced pressured or forced sex.
With support from War Child Holland, an evaluation of a community-based child protection intervention in post-conflict Uganda by Makerere University found a small but important impact on the reduction of violence against children, through community and caregiver awareness-raising.