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.
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
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
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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CUE OUT:….. where we can take action.”//
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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Cue out: …… do not see civil unrest.”//
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.
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.