Award of Laptops to the best Science Female Teachers during the National STEM Competitions
ASRHR NATIONWIDE ADVOCACY CAMPAIGNSRAISING AWARENESS ON THE SEXUALITY EDUCATION POLICY AND ITS RELEVANCE TO YOUNG PEOPLE.
Prior to the International Women’s Day Celebrations, 1 television and 7 radio talk shows were held cross the 3 regions of Central, Eastern and West Nile sub regions; targeting policy makers, adolescents, district local Government authorities, Uganda Police Force, local, cultural and religious leaders, and parents.
The shows were rolled out from 2nd – 8th March, 2020 and aimed at engaging duty bearers to expedite implementation of existing policies promoting ASRHR in Uganda including the Sexuality Education Framework; to create awareness address social and health challenges facing adolescents and protect them from HIV and AIDs, Sexually Transmitted Infections; Reproductive Health Challenges – early sex, ending teenage pregnancy, child marriages, unsafe abortion and pre-natal and maternal death; prevention and all associated dangers and the role of different stakeholders in combating the above, to enable them stay in school and complete education. In addition, to highlighting prevailing challenges afflicting young people and provide appropriate measures for redress including demystifying negative cultural perceptions, social norms and beliefs promoting the above vices.
Mrs. Susan Opok Tumusiime, the FAWE Uganda Executive Director during the NBS TV talk show decried the poor delivery of sexual reproductive health services and information to adolescents in Uganda “This has led to endemic challenges like high cases of teenage pregnancy, child marriages, early sexual debut and un safe abortions. The problem is also escalated by the misconceptions and beliefs that are influenced by culture and religion. To address the above, the Ministry of Education and Sports needs to harmonize differences with religious leaders on the sexuality education framework and ensure its effective implementation to empower young people with knowledge and skills of prevention and management of growth and development challenges; through informed decision making.”
Ms. Rosette Nanyanzi, the Gender Technical Advisor at the Ministry of Education and Sports (MOES) emphasized that, “The Government of Uganda is positive and prioritizes the needs of young people, including delivery of sexual reproductive health services and information. As the MOES, we recommend delivery of sexual reproductive health information to children as early as 3 years both at home and school. This is because most parents are busy working and have relegated the role of raising their children to house helps and television that have greatly misguided them.”
She added that “The MOES is committed to rolling out sexuality education in all institutions of learning to supplement what parents offer at home or even fill the gap created by them. It’s also important to note that; today Children spend much time at school which makes it justifiable for sexuality education to be offered there.” She further, called upon other Civil Society Organizations to join efforts with Government, just like what FAWE Uganda is doing.
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY CELEBRATION
On 8th March, 2020 FAWE Uganda joined the rest of the world to commemorate the International Women’s Day. In Uganda, national celebrations took place in Mbale district under the theme, “Celebrating 25 Years of the 1995 Constitution: Milestones on promoting Gender Equality and Womens’ Empowerment in Uganda.” This was in recognition of key milestones registered by the Government of Uganda in promoting gender equality in the last 25 years.
The celebrations aimed at recognizing the contribution of women in the development process worldwide. It also provided an opportunity to enhance advocacy for inclusion of women’s concerns in the development agenda at all levels, by calling upon all United Nation Member States to design and implement interventions aimed at attaining gender equality. In Uganda, the celebrations were focused on creating awareness on the rights of women, milestones achieved so far, challenges still facing women and what needs to be done to address them.
During the celebrations, FAWE Uganda exhibited different publications including the various information, education and communication materials; reports, project brochures detailing the work of the organization; fliers on the different ASRHR materials – body changes and growth, menstrual hygiene management, HIV and AIDs prevention, Sexually Transmitted Infections, Early Pregnancy Prevention and General Information on ASRHR including rights of adolescents. The others include – posters encouraging adolescents to stay in school and complete education; and those calling upon adolescents/vulnerable girls who had dropped out to return to school. The materials were distributed to different relevant stakeholder’s present hence marketing and creating awareness about the work of the Organization. The institutions pull-up banners and tear drops were strategically placed at the venue.
His Excellency Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, the President of the Republic of Uganda, condemned domestic violence in homesteads and called upon men to stop beating women, calling it a cowardly act. “Why should you fight a woman who is weaker than you? If you want to fight look for fellow men. Beating women is wrong, backward and it must stop. I have been with Janet for the last 47 years, but I have never even pushed her. It is bad to believe in beating a woman.’’ He further, called for the economic empowerment of women, associating beating to economic dependence of women on men.