Hon. Judith Nabakooba has addressed the media in Mityana district; as Uganda joins the rest of the world in marking the International Day of the girl child under the theme, “looking at situation of girls and the challenges they face while using social media platforms.
“World over countries are making commitments and finding solutions towards the challenges facing the girl child to improve their status. 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, Nabakooba said.”
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 online sex trade that is now rampant. Others simply target girls by mocking the way they look or dress, she added.
It is believed that such attacks are meant to attack the girl’s confidence making her feel inferior and worthless.
The Minister has reassured the public that the government condemns online abuse and she calls upon all those involved to stop it.
In her own words, the Minister has encouraged all those girls and women who have been victims of social media abuse to stand up and take action. You can choose to block, ignore or even unfriend the online bullies. If the situation gets out of hand, please report the matter to your nearest police.