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Projet: Talk show club de la presse "Urubuga rw'itangazamakuru"

Activité:Summary of weekly radio talk-show « Emission Club de la Presse: "Urubuga rw’Itangazamakuru "


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The Day of the African child (DAC) is commemorated every year on 16th June by all member states of African Union (AU), and its corresponding partners. The continent-wide holiday commemorates the spirit of the South African children who sparked the Soweto uprising of 1976 many of whom gave their lives. On the other hand, DAC further presents an opportunity to reflect on the lived realities of children in Africa.

In Rwanda DAC commemoration provides an occasion for relevant government institutions, international institutions and NGOs to renew their on-going commitments of raising awareness on issues affecting children in general and particularly vulnerable children. 

 Rwanda’s Penal Code defines child defilement in article 190 as “any sexual intercourse or any sexual act with a child regardless of the form or means used.” Any person below the age of eighteen years is by law considered as a child.

The Covid19 pandemic has several consequences on the country and the lives of millions of people for which economy have been affected. Not only economy, the usual style of living condition of children and young people particularly girls is affected. Today in Rwanda around 3,626,448 learners among them 1,814,085 girls are forced to stay at home and are at out of school

Urubuga rw’Itangazamakuru “Club de La Presse” talk show of this 14th June, 2020 broadcasted in synergy by ten radios across the country and a Television (TV Isango star) focused on " The role of Members of the Family in fighting child defilement and its consequences including teen and  early  pregnancies  in  COVID-19 context


The Invitees:

1. Hon.Edda MUKABAGWIZA / Deputy Speaker Parliament

2. Isabelle KALIHANGABO / RIB Deputy secretary General

3. Caritas MUKANDASIRA / Gender Monitoring Office

Via phone call:

4. Lambert SEBAREZE / Plan International( CSO)

The debate focused on child welfare in families during the current COVID-19.

The Deputy Speaker of Parliament said that the parents, the caregivers and society in general are obliged to protect children, either ours or any child in general, but unlike we are the ones who traumatize them, rape them.

Because currently the rights of the child are often flouted, they face violence at school or on the way to school, not to mention early marriages and pregnancies are too much a barrier to their education.

The representative of Rwanda Investigation Bureau Isabelle Kalihangabo said that currently in the situation of covid-19, RIB has launched several times on social networks, TV, radio; information concerning how to eradicate well, to hold the behaviors of children in this difficult situation of the pandemic Covid-19.

She went on to say that in this covid-19 situation, since the lockdown begun in March, RIB hadregistered the various cases of violations against children and gave statistics:

• Sexual violence against children (841 cases)

• Children not recognized by their parents (2)

• Heavy punishments given by their parents (16)

• Killing of children after birth (6)

• Give drugs to children (2)

• Using children in forced labor (1)

• Etc ...

Caritas MUKANDASIRA the Deputy Chief Gender Monitor at Gender Monitoring Office talked about the case of insecurity in the family, arguing that the negative impact appears first on the child; vice versa the child of a well-organized family feels good and quickly improves both in social knowledge and even at school.

So parents have a big task for children to re-educate but more and more in the context of maintaining equality between children (girls and boys) to properly stabilize the value of a child in general

She winked at parents not to focus on just one dimension precisely in education, because it is through education that we will achieve equality between girls and boys.

Caritas said that equal treatment and a good system for educating and enriching the mindsets of children with their skills, their educational background and their success.

The audience participated in the talk show via phone calls and messages saying that parents who do not fulfill their responsibilities should be punished.

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