Activists and local leaders in Entebbe Municipality have launched a campaign
against sexual harassment.
The campaign, Tonkoza, which means ‘Don’t hurt me’, aims at
helping under-aged girls to fight against sexual harassment.
In 2020, the Ministry of Education registered more than 100,000
cases of teenage pregnancies which were attributed to the closure of schools
following the outbreak of covid-19.
The Wakiso Woman MP Ethel Naluyima, who launched the campaign
on Thursday, says the campaign is more comprehensive because it involves local
leaders, teachers, and parents among others.
According to Naluyima, the campaign will be rolled out nationwide,
starting with districts that registered high cases of teenage pregnancies. Some
of the districts that have recorded more than 1,000 cases of teenage pregnancies
include Wakiso, Zombo, Kitgum, Luweero and Kyegegwa among others.
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Eliot Nakanjako, the Executive Director of the Women and Girls
Development Association, says there is a need to conduct door to door campaign
against rape and sexual harassment. She says that through the campaign, they hopes to get solutions
about how best to handle victims and perpetrators.
Ssali Disan, the LCIII Councilor representing Bulega-Mbiru Cell in
Katabi Town Council says parents must be vigilant about the dress code of
their children, especially the teenage girls because they will fall prey to men
in the community.
But Lorna Nakabuye, the Executive Director of Young Women Coalition,
disagrees with Sali, saying no one has the right to harass somebody based on
their dress code.
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Christine Namugerwa, the youth councilor at Katabi Town Council
says the number of teenage pregnancies could be much higher than what has been recorded
because most cases remain unreported.
She says they have recorded 19 teenage girls, who are
currently pregnant in Kisubi parish and 24 girls in Kitala parish.