Testimonies from FAWEU Beneficiaries

Sophie Nabukenya; the Campaign Ambassador handing over a petition to the Minister of State for Housing Hon Dr. Chris Baryomunsi, who represented the Government of Uganda at the Launch and looking on is the FAWEU Executive Director Ms. Christine Semambo Sempebwa.

LAUNCH OF THE “LETS CHANGE THE STORY” CAMPAIGN IN UGANDA

On Friday 24th March 2017, the FAWEU Executive Director, Ms. Christine Semambo Sempebwa represented FAWEU at the launch of “Let’s Change the Story” campaign organized by Plan International Uganda at Serena Hotel Kampala. The campaign aims at ending teenage pregnancy in Uganda.

In her address to the participants, the Vice Chairperson of the Uganda Women’s Parliamentary Association (UWOPA) Hon. Norah Bugirwa Nyendwoha decried the appalling statistics in regard to teenage pregnancy. She  noted that, “Uganda has one of the highest teenage pregnancy rates in the Sub Saharan Africa with 1 in 4 girls aged 15 to 19 years either pregnant  or having had their first child in a day.”

Mr. Rashid Javed, the Country Director for Plan International Uganda, said that, “The campaign we are launching today, challenges stakeholders to take the necessary actions to change the story of girls getting pregnant at an early age in Uganda.” He added that “We all need to support girls to learn, lead, decide and thrive as this will end the trend of teenage pregnancies in Uganda, Africa and world over.”

At the launch, a group of girls led by Sophie Nabukenya; the Campaign Ambassador handed over a petition to the Chief Guest, Hon Dr. Chris Baryomunsi, the Minister of State for Housing;  calling upon the Government to prioritize budget increase for adolescent health in the upcoming national budget, establish adolescent-friendly service delivery points and support girls to access sexual and reproductive health information and to train health workers and equip them with professional skills necessary to work with young people.

Hon. Dr. Chris Baryomunsi said, “The biggest population in Uganda are young people and as we allocate resources for the different sectors in the budget, we need to ensure that young people are catered for appropriately by providing them with adequate health services.”

Members of the Civil Society Organizations present urged Government, to have the School Health Policy passed expeditiously, to enable girls access Sexual and Reproductive Health Education, review guidelines and support the girls that have gotten pregnant by the age of 14 holistically through enabling them return to school, pursuing perpetrators to bring them to book and provide general health care for the survivors of teenage pregnancy..

At the launch, the FAWEU Executive Director represented Civil Society Organizations in signing the petition.

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