Addressing the high rates of teenage pregnancies, Minister Mateke emphasized the need to strengthen parenting, noting that neglecting parental duties for financial gains compromises children's safety and protection.
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Sarah Mateke, the State Minister for Gender,
Labor, and Social Development has urged prosecutors to avoid impeding
Gender-Based Violence (GBV) cases when individuals seek justice through their
offices. Mateke cited an incident where an unnamed defilement victim reported
her file had disappeared from the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.
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Expressing concern, Mateke highlighted the
frustration victims face when pursuing justice in GBV cases. She made these
remarks during a National symposium on ending child marriage and teenage
pregnancy, hosted by Action Aid at the Sheraton Hotel in Kampala.
Action Aid, alongside UNFPA, the Ministry of Gender and Social
Development, and UNICEF, convened to review their work in various communities,
evaluating progress made and persistent challenges in combating teenage
Addressing the high rates of teenage pregnancies, Minister
Mateke emphasized the need to strengthen parenting, noting that neglecting
parental duties for financial gains compromises children's safety and
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However, despite the minister's plea, reports persist on the
challenges of prosecuting GBV cases. Instances have been noted where victim
families collaborate with perpetrators, obstructing previously reported cases.
Xavier Ejoyi, Country Director of ActionAid Uganda, identified
social norms as a major obstacle, emphasizing the urgent need to shift
perspectives from viewing children as potential spouses and mothers.
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Ejoyi stressed the pivotal role of education in redirecting
children away from early marriage. He urged the government to prioritize
funding education and healthcare to support efforts in ending child marriage
and ensuring the welfare of young mothers.
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Statistical data from the Ministry of Gender showed a mere one
percent reduction in teenage mothers aged 15-19 from 2016 to the present,
hovering at 25%. Lydia Wasula, presenting the statistics, expressed concern
over the slow progress despite extensive efforts.
Karin Boven, Ambassador of the Netherlands in Uganda,
highlighted that 34 percent of girls are married before turning eighteen, a
direct violation of the law. However, the existence of the law has had little
impact in curbing this trend, according to available statistics.