Teenage pregnancy and under-age marriage are on a rampant increase in Uganda today. Nearly 1 in every 2 girls in Uganda is married before the age of 18 moreover, 58% of 15–19-year-old girls in Uganda have experienced physical/sexual violence while 10% of girls are married by 15 years of age. UNICEF predicts that 750 million children will be forced into marriage by 2030- These figures are alarming and something should be done about it.
Last week, concerned parties held and launched the #BetterLife4Girls campaign that is to be implemented in 14 districts around Uganda. The campaign is inspired by the 2030 Agenda and the unmet needs of adolescent girls in Uganda and the campaign aims to prevent teenage pregnancy and under-age marriage among adolescent girls.
Highlights at the launch of #BetterLife4Girls
— Pru Nyamishana (@nyapru1) June 28, 2016
Even the young girls vow to support the cause.
‘The suffering of the girls who engage in early pregnancy drives me to join this campaign of #BetterLife4Girls. ‘ Hon Sarah Opendi
— SAUTIplus (@SAUTIplus) June 28, 2016
What is your plegde?
— Rosa Malango (@RMalango2015) June 28, 2016
Girls should be girls.
The #BetterLife4Girls project will support menstrual hygiene to curb absenteeism in school.
— Linda Mwesigwa (@lmwesigwa) June 28, 2016
— KYUKA YOUTH OUTREACH (@KyukaYouth) June 28, 2016
— Humphrey Nabimanya (@humbarbs) June 28, 2016
Let’s join hands to stop teenage pregnancy, and under-age marriage.
— Waiswa Batambuze (@IBatambuze) July 1, 2016
Sign the petition
— SureStart_MIFUMI (@SureStartMIFUMI) June 29, 2016
They have dreams too…
I am a brother and a friend, and I stand against teenage pregnancy and under-age marriage- I stand against the cultures that accept it, we all should. Let’s join hands to stop the spread and growth of this vice- no girl should be a mother.