Launch of the book "Raw Testimonies - No more, no less - Children Surviving Prostitution
UYDEL is implementing a Socio- Economic Reintegration Program against Child Trafficking and Exploitation of Children for Sexual purposes in Uganda which aims at creating awareness about prevention and response mechanisms to commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) which manifests in terms of child prostitution, child trafficking and child pornography. CSEC creates a culture which perceives children as commodities that can be bought and sold with little regard to their wellbeing.
UYDEL with support from ECPAT France, Acting for Life, Air France and AFD compiled voices of children surviving prostitution from Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Ethiopia telling the stories of inhuman treatment, resilience, coping with life’s challenges, and eventual behavioral change. These are stories of children from a state of hopelessness to better life.
In order to reach out to the major stakeholders, UYDEL launched a book entitled “RAW Testimonies. No more no less on Thursday 16th March 2017. This event brought together major stakeholders from government ministries and departments; Kampala City Council Authority, Civil Society Organizations, media and individuals involved in child protection, care and support for this vulnerable group.
The book of testimonies traces the lives of 16 adolescents and young adults who have survived prostitution. Their stories serve to re-awaken the duty bearers and community to treat children with respect, and abide by the provisions of the Convention of the Rights of the Child adopted in 1989 and subsequent provisions enshrined in Uganda’s Children’s Act as amended in 2016. The book is intended to raise awareness about the necessity and possibility of helping the society’s most vulnerable populations. Each story shows that solutions are possible and that society, as well as public powers, can play an essential role in the hope they offer to young women and men. This book is also a way to amplify the voices and encourage other teenagers to escape silence and suffering by going to local organizations that make tangible such admirable work.
Virginie LEROY, AFD Kampala
Please find the whole speech of Virginie Leroy below.