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Uganda's Child Pregnancy Numbers are Bad, says UN

The UN Fund for Population Activities Country Representative in Uganda Alain Sibenaler, says children, girls and women should be empowered to have a say on whether to have sex or not, otherwise, there is no empowerment.
28 Oct 2020 20:26

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The United Nations has challenged Uganda to reverse the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on the girl child, which has seen thousands of children become pregnant, especially during the time that schools have been closed. 

The Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development had, by September, reported more than 4,000 child pregnancies in northern Uganda alone, a situation that was largely blamed on the inactivity among communities, the lack of protection of children who were now out of school as well as a search for a livelihood, among others.

The ministry also recorded more than 20,000 cases of child abuse.

As the UN marked its 75th anniversary, focus was on the welfare of the children, youth and women, where Uganda was hailed for efforts as improving women political representation, and supporting the youth to have their voices heard, among others.

However, Uganda is still doing badly in ensuring the safety of children especially against sexual offences. 

The UN Fund for Population Activities Country Representative in Uganda Alain Sibenaler, says children, girls and women should be empowered to have a say on whether to have sex or not, otherwise, there is no empowerment. 

 

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The UN Resident Coordinator in Uganda, Rosa Malango said while the UN hails Uganda for its openness in its approach to containing Covid-19, the effects on the girl-child and women are alarming and must be reversed.

She also called for a peaceful election period in Uganda.

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  The year 2020 was also declared by the UN Secretary General as start of the decade of action to achieve the sustainable development goals globally by 2013, and while the UN reports progress, the pace is too low. 

The Decade of Action calls for accelerating sustainable solutions to all the world’s biggest challenges — ranging from poverty and gender to climate change, inequality and closing the finance gap. 

However, the UN notes that the COVID-19 pandemic has had a big impact on all 17 SDGs and this calls for ambitious actions to attain them.

The UN Assistant Secretary General for Peacekeeping Operations, Bintou Keita said if women, youth and children are catered for, the threat to their progress is enhanced, and the shared vision of a better world for all, will not be achieved.

 

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