The Launch of the 2nd National Strategy to End Child Marriage and Teenage Pregnancy in Uganda.
On 24th and 25th January 2023, We joined other partners and stakeholder for the dissemination of the Strategy organized by the Ministry of Gender Labor and Social Development and UNICEF Uganda. This was Graced by the state minister for Youth and Children Hon. Sarah Mateke Nyirabashitsi who committed to always speak about the issues affecting children until we see positive results.
This effort is part of Uganda’s strategy to create a society free from Child Marriage and Teenage pregnancy by 2030 under the target 5.3 of the Sustainable Development Goals. Its also in line with Government’s commitment to end all forms of discrimination and violence against women and girls.In Uganda, 8.9 million girls aged 10-19 are at risk of harmful practices including child marriage despite the legal provisions under the 1995 Constitution of Uganda and the global community’s pledge to end child marriage and other forms of violence against Girls.This second NSCM&TP is therefore an essential and key initiative seeking to strengthen the interventions put in place by the previous strategy and also respond to the wide spread context of Child marriage and teenage pregnancy in Uganda.Child marriage is not only a human rights violation, but also contributes significantly to teenage pregnancy and poor maternal health to the affected child mothers. We are happy to work together with the government to improve lives of young girls and support them to Realise their full potential. As the Central Region Coordinator for Girls Not Brides Uganda, we are happy to share copies of the National Strategy with the members and contribute to the activities indicated in the strategy as we work to make this world a better place for all Children.