Environmental Concerned Youth Association (ECOYA) on Wednesday organised the campaign at Namitete Primary School Ground in Traditional Authority (T/A) Nchiramwera in the district.
According to Austin Kunsida, ECOYA project officer the aim of the campaign is to encourage girls to report sexual gender based violence (SGBV)
â€śSilence among communities perpetuates the abuse that foil girlsâ€™ rights. About 58 girls dropped out of Namitete Primary School this year due to child marriages and teenage pregnancies.
â€śWe understand some chiefs suppress the cases which frustrates efforts to eradicate the vice. So, girls must report the issues directly to police for law to take its course,â€ť said Sinola.
He said according to Child Protection and Justice Act (2011), girls under 18 years of age should not be in marriage, saying perpetrators will be sentenced to a maximum of three years imprisonment with hard labour.
In an interview, group village head Matchuwana singled out poverty as one of the causes of SGBV.
Kunsida said they will intensify the campaigns on child rights in the district.
â€śWe need a holistic approach to address the vice. Parents and guardians should know their responsibilities and authorities should discharge duties effectively to uphold girlsâ€™ rights,â€ť he said.
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