By Viola Nabbale Updated on 1345 EAT on Wednesday 24th August 2022
Kampala- United Nations Human Rights Boss is worried about the increasing numbers of Teenage Pregnancy cases in Uganda .
Speaking on Friday in Kisasi, a Kampala suburb at the Launch of 30 days of Activism Tuswaleko Campaign organised by Kugonza Youth Impact, Robert Ayeda Kotchani – OHCHR Representative said it’s true the lockdown , the longest of two years Uganda took for Covid 19 kept many children away from school spiked cases of Teenage Pregnancies.
Earlier, Heal The Planet Global Organisation- HTP President, Kivumbi Earnest Benjamin called for children to stay in school as part of fighting Teenage Pregnancies.
Ms Hope Mukundane The Director of Dependable Foundation said there’s need to find grass root organisations involved in the fight against Teenage Pregnancy.
Mercy Melody Kayodi while delivering her key note Adress said it’s time to call a ‘spade a spade not a big spoon’ while communicating to the young people instead of sugar coating and denying them chance get to know the truth.
The Director of Kungonza Youth Impact, Angus Nasasira noted that at the end of the 30 days , several activities aimed at creating awareness on Teenage Pregnancy will have made an impact. These include out reaches in slum areas, weekly talk shows on Radio and TV, trainings and much more.
Several young people made presentations on Teenage Pregnancy.
In 2013, Uganda ranked 16th out of 25 countries with the highest rate of child marriages. In the Pokot community in Amudat district (Karamoja), almost all girls (95 per cent) have been cut to make them more ‘marriageable’. Both practices are devastating for girls’ physical and mental health.