Government to Launch Campaign for Adolescent Girls

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The campaign dubbed, national Campaign on Adolescent Girls, will be launched next week on the International Day of the Girl Child IDGC, a day designated for promoting the rights of girls and addressing the unique challenges they face.

Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development in collaboration with UNICEF and other UN agencies will launch a campaign aimed at addressing the special needs of the adolescent girls.

The campaign dubbed, ‘National Campaign on Adolescent Girls,' will be launched next week on the International Day of the Girl Child (IDGC), a day designated for promoting the rights of girls and addressing the unique challenges they face.

The campaign will be launched by First Lady Hon. Janet K. Museveni, and it aims at highlighting the importance of increasing focus and investments for the adolescent girl-child.

According to the Uganda Demographic Health Survey, 57% (20 million) of Uganda's population are children and of these, 10.2 million (51% of children) are girls and 2,750,000 are adolescent girls aged 13-19 years.

Speaking to URN, Hon. Evelyn Anite, the Minister for Youth and Children Affairs said that issues of adolescent girls are not prioritized and have slowly disappeared from the development agenda and public awareness.

She says adolescent girls are subjected to child marriage, teenage and unwanted pregnancies, HIV/AIDs, Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C), violence in school and in the community, while thousands fail to complete school.

Anite said that in order address such issues, the campaign aims at prioritising and investing in policies and programmes tailored to the distinct needs of adolescent girls.

The campaign will be launched on Monday at Mukono Zonal Agricultural Research Development Institute- NARO, grounds in Mukono district.

 

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Beatrice Nyangoma
Beatrice Nyangoma values her independence as a journalist. This was one of her major considerations before she became a URN staffer in 2015.

Nyangoma says, "I like URN because it gives me room to decide what stories I want to work on. That is so important to me."

The URN Jinja bureau chief since July 2016, Nyangoma considers health matters a beat close to her heart. One of the highlights of her career so far were her exclusive interviews unveiling the rot in Mulago hospital in early 2016.

Nyangoma started out writing for the Red Pepper newspaper in 2011 in her final year of university. She was majorly a health reporter. In 2012, Nyangoma moved to Top Television as a health, business reporter and weekend news editor. She was also the assistant editorial manager of Kabarole Research and Resource Centre FM (KRC FM).