Cultural practices and children’s rights in Bor, Jonglei State, South Sudan

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Kampala International University. College of Humanities and Social Sciences
The study sought to examine the role of cultural practices in protection of the rights of children. The study objectives were; identify the cultural practices that interfere with the rights of the child; examine the children’s rights that would be respected, protected and fulfilled and assess the measures taken to address the protection of the rights of children. The study employed a descriptive survey design, using quantitative and qualitative methods of data collection. This study was carried out within Bor-Jonglei State, South Sudan. The sample included 150 respondents. An interview guide and self-administered questionnaire were used to identify socio-demographic characteristics and collect all data required for the study. Major findings revealed that there are social abuses as far as the rights of children are concerned. It was significantly revealed that it cultural practices affected children’s actions, group cohesion and cited social psychological disturbances. The study concludes that forced and early marriage as of culturally-justified violence against girl-children or women were a violation of human rights. The study recommends that there must be government support to journalists and other media professionals who may contribute to social mobilization by providing information of the highest quality, reliable and ethical standards concerning all aspects of child rights.
A thesis submitted to the College of Humanities and Social Sciences in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of a Master’s Degree of Arts in Human Rights and Development of Kampala International University
Cultural practices, Children’s rights, South Sudan