Teenage girls have asked the public to respect their decisions on
issues related to sexuality irrespective of their age. The girls echoed this
on Saturday through their competitive creative art pieces in poetry and story writing.
The Poetry and Storytelling day
competition is an open space for adolescent creative writers aged (10-19 yrs)
majoring in poetry and storytelling. It was organized by Public
Health Ambassadors Uganda in commemoration of the International Day of the Girl
For close to two years of lockdown, many teenage girls below 18
years have been impregnated and forced into marriage marriages.
Valerie Carolyn Nakaye 12, from Wakiso who was the youngest
participant, in her presentation “I am Ugandan Girl”, narrated how her mother’s
dream of becoming a lawyer was shattered when she got married at a young age.
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Anita Muhindo 17 from Kasese says that society has portrayed young
girls as weak. She says that this is the time teenage girls should make their
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Patricia Ejanga, another participant, said that girls should we
should not be silenced, but allowed to express themselves.
Dr Jean Irene Nabakooza a parent to one of the participants says
that adolescents without involving them didn’t know what they were thinking nor
their opinions on given subjects.
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Lillibet Namakula the team leader, Public Health Ambassadors
Uganda says that the competition helps adolescents to come out and express
themselves in a way that allows their voices to be shared.