Online platforms are a source of violence and abuse targeting girls and women – Hon. Judith Nabakooba

On 11th, Uganda joined the rest of the world in marking the International Day of the girl child. It is the day when countries over stop to reflect on the challenges facing the girl child and make commitments towards improving the status of girls.

This year’s theme was under “My Voice, Our Equal Future” and the Ministry of ICT was looking at the situation of girls and the challenges they face while using social media platforms.

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 the online sex trade that is now rampant, 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.

During the presser, the Ministry of ICT, Hon. Judith Nabakooba said “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”

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, and she encouraged girls and women who have been victims of social media abuse to stand up and take action.

Hon. Judith Nabakooba cautioned Ugandans on the COVID-19 spread. COVID-19 is still here with us and it kills. As you step out of your house every day, make a commitment to stay healthy by following all the guidelines provided by the Ministry of health. We all need to work together to ensure that the number of new cases starts to come down.

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Frank Byaruhanga is a human rights activist with years of experience in community dialogues, digital communication, advocacy and digital campaigns. He specializes in Media Relation Work, Management and Training with sufficient knowledge in Governance, Accountability, Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights, Youth-led research, Content developer, Creative Activism, Social Media Management and documentary photography.

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