Women in Sigola village request to be taught more about Children's Rights

By Loveness Nyathi 

 Women in Sigola village under Umzingwane District have called on Human Rights Organisations to enlighten them more on children’s rights.

A number of women who attended a meeting organised by Inkanyezi Development Trust (IDT), an institution dealing with women and child rights held last Thursday at Sigola Business Centre, expressed concern over the lack of information on issues of child rights which they said was fueling bad behaviour amongst their children.

Participants at the meeting said  children were using their claim to children’s rights to ward off any disciplinary processes by their parents and threatening to report them to the police.

Speaking at this meeting a Village Development Coordinating Officer (VIDECO) who only identified himself as Mguni said children now know more than parents about these rights hence something needs to be done about it.

“Our children know more than us, the constitution has brought problems and it should be amended”, said Mr Mguni.

“Can an 18-year-old take care of themselves? Even in the courts they represent themselves, what can he or she do at such a young age”, he added.

In an interview with Amakhosikazi Media Ficiwe Mpofu (74) said there are generational differences, children are now something else and the laws have changed; government laws are an obstacle to disciplining kids.

 Part of the participants at a meeting on Children's Rights in Sigola.

Mqondisi Mpofu, the Village Head of Zanqawe in the Sigola area urged parents not to be too strict or harsh with their children to avoid cases of abuse.

 “Stop being too strict with your children, educate them and explain to your children the stages of life and growing up to avoid such things as child abuse, he said.

Mr Mpofu also added that human rights organisations should educate parents mostly women who take care of children on human rights and on what child rights are because they seem blank on these.

Sibakhele  Tshuma, the Programmes Officer for Inkanyezi Development Trust (IDT) said the outcry was that children abuse their rights and have found a defensive mechanism on them which makes it difficult for parents to caution and discipline them for fear of incarceration. 

" Parents emphasised on the need for Children’s Rights Education Programs that will specifically articulate the limits of their rights. This will allow children to enjoy their rights without infringing on the rights of their parents or abusing such rights as they are currently doing," she added.