Influence of Cultural Practices in the Promotion of Girls and Women’s Rights Case Study: Ngora Sub-County, Ngora District.

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Kampala International University, Colleges of humanities and social sciences
The study was set to evaluate the cultural practices and girls and women rights in Ngora sub-county Ngora District. The study objectives included the following; establishing the cultural practices that promote the rights of girls and women in Ngora Sub-County Ngora District, Find out cultural practices that violate the rights of girls and women in Ngora SubCounty Ngora District, and identifying the measures that can be used to protect and promote the rights of girls and women in Ngora Sub-county, Ngora District. The study was based on the descriptive survey research design on qualitative research approach. The study sample population was 88 respondents chosen from the cultural leaders, politicai leaders, civil servants, and selected population from Ngora Sub-County. The study findings were that cultural practices violate the rights of girls and women. These cultural practices have kept the people in Ngora Sub-county in bondage and nothing much has been done to eliminate them and they include; early marriages, son preference, female circumcision, widowhood practices, nutritional taboos. Besides the cultural practices promoting their rights are; formal education for girls, right to chose a partner to marry. the findings were that the need for Openly, Individuals Should Condemn the Negative Cultural Practices, Perpetrators of Harmful Cultural Practices Should be punished by Legal Action,. Traditional Rulers Should Enforce Rules against Harmful Traditional practices in Their Communities, The government should make these harmful practices illegal, Church leaders should excommunicate members who remain perpetrators of harmful Cultural practices. Based on the findings, the researcher recommends that Government through the Ministry ofr Gender enhance affirmative action and enforcement of laws on girls and women rights, sensitization of people through the village Elders and Chiefs and Forums.
A Research Report Submitted to the College of Humanities in Partial Fulfillment of the Award of Bachelor Degree in Social and Community Development at Kampala International University.
Girls and Women, Rights, Cultural Practices, Ngora District., Promotion of Girls