Kabahenda noted that while there are several programs such as Emyooga and the Parish Development model, none specifically caters to teenage mothers. She said that the programs focus on youth, neglecting the unique challenges faced by teenage mothers.
Children and other Guests at Silver Springs
The government has been asked to consider involving teenage mothers in all wealth-creation programs across the country.
Flavia Kabahenda, the Chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee on Gender, Labor, and Social
Development, made the plea at the sixth National
Girl Summit held at Silver Springs in Bugoloobi, Kampala.
that while there are several programs such as
Emyooga and the Parish Development model, none specifically caters to teenage
mothers. She said that the programs focus on youth, neglecting
the unique challenges faced by teenage mothers.
Kabahenda who is also the Woman MP Kyegegwa cited a 16-year-old girl in her district who has two children and is carrying a pregnancy but she is not benefiting from any of the government programs.
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Kabahenda said that while efforts are underway to
safeguard young girls, there is a need to put some of the focus on boys
too. She proposed promoting
balanced parenting and involving boys in crucial discussions to effectively
address the challenge.
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Mukiibi, a representative from the Nabagereka Foundation said that they are aware of many cultural practices that propagate teenage pregnancies and
child marriage but have been facing challenges from the community.
He said that they have adopted the enforcement of the popular slogan “obuntu bulamu” where they tend
to ask people to observe humility in all
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Jeff Wadulo, the program and Policy Coordinator- Civil Society Budgeting
Advocacy Group said that there is a need to increase the fight against
poverty in homesteads. He said that parents should take care of their children and put in place measures to curb early marriages.
are prevalent in
northern and Eastern Uganda so if we
fight poverty in these areas we can indirectly fight child marriages.” He said.
Lydia Wasula while presenting data from the Ministry of Gender, National Symposium on Ending Child Marriage and Teenage Pregnancy said that there was a one percent reduction in the number of teenage
mothers aged 15-19 since 2016 to date.