- Due to high poverty level in the community, many parents have resorted to giving away their girls below the age of 18 in order to meet their financial needs
- Alur kingdom is in collaboration with other cultural leaders of Acholi, Lango, Bunyoro, Buganda kingdom and Pokot to ensure end to violence against women
- The Uganda Human Rights commission has been engaging the cultural institutions because they command a lot of respect from the subjects
By Okaba Patrick
Nebbi- The officials from Alur Kingdom have signed an agreement with Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) to curb the prevailing early marriages and encourage girl child education in the kingdom.
The areas in which the Uganda human rights commission want to address with Alur kingdom are, the negative cultural practices like denial of women to own land, forceful marriages, sexual violence and the early child marriages which are still exiting in some areas.
The Attorney General Alur Kingdom, Mr Bob Opio Okech, said over the weekend that: “The early child marriages was abolished by the King because it was a traditional type of marriage where people could get married at the age of 12 which was against children’s rights. So we all need to unite against child marriage.”
Earlier, the Alur King, Phillip Rauni III has been calling on parents to value education of their children other than thinking of getting rich by approving marriage of their children.
The Director Research, Education and Documentation Uganda Human Rights Commission, Mr Byonabye Kamadi, said children are marginalized in education especially the girl child and the legal frame work is to protect the rights of women and girl child.
He adds that some parents look at the education of boys than girls and urged parents to treat their children equally.
According to senior probation and social welfare officer Zombo district, Ms Colleens Pimer, forced marriages and early marriages are still existing in some areas. She said there was need for collective responsibility from religious leaders, cultural institutions and human rights activists to end the scourge.
“We need strong by-law set by our cultural leaders which must be implemented such that, early marriages and force marriages remain a history in our community,” Pimer said.
Already, Alur Kingdom has drafted policies that out-laws child and forceful marriage saying such practices undermines rights of women in society.