Farouk Lubega, the Butambala District Probation Officer, says that both the probation office and Police receive between 6 and 8 cases of defilement every month while at health centers 18.2 percent of the mothers turning up for antenatal are teenagers.
There is an escalation of girl child abuse in Butambala district, which local
officials fear is likely to worsen the school dropout rate.
records from the district, 629 girls
aged between 14 and 19 years were impregnated between July
2020 to June 2021 during the first nationwide lockdown to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Farouk Lubega, the Butambala
District Probation Officer, says that both the probation office and Police receive between 6 and 8 cases of defilement every month while at
health centers 18.2 percent of the mothers turning up for antenatal are teenagers.
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In terms of education, Lubega says that only 21 percent of the learners complete Primary
Seven each year in the district. He attributes the poor completion rates to
early pregnancies and marriages.
“The number of weddings we have stopped and imprisoned people for early marriages are quite
are many,” said Lubega. Adding that “It is
unfortunate that Local Council leaders are sometimes present at such weddings and allow them to proceed in violation of the laws.”
the challenges, Lubega said
that revealed that they are not sitting back as leaders and
disclosed that they have initiated
various channels to sensitise people to increase reporting and monitoring of cases.
He said the district has since put in place a mobile telephone application to report cases of
child abuse to duty bearers.
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World Vision’s Associate Director in charge of advocacy, Iryn Kagoya, says that there is need to address the barriers
that hold back the girl child from accessing ICT and
realizing their potential.
She says that to better protect the girl child from abuse,
exploitation and deprivation, it is important that focus is
put on the social norms and customs as well as harness the potential of
culture as a driver of wealth creation.
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Kagoya said that although the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the entire country, girls carry the biggest burden.
“Girls have potential and if this potential can
be built up, it will help us as a country to realize
the demographic dividend that we need so badly.
It is important that girls are supported to use phones,
computers and also to get the Internet,” she said. On October 11, Uganda joined the rest of the
Word to commemorate the International Day of the Girl