More Women Denied Bodily Autonomy by FGM

Ntinda, Kampala – More women and girls in Uganda, especially in the Eastern and North-Eastern parts of the country are being denied their bodily autonomy by being forced to undergo Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). The Uganda Network on Law, Ethics and HIV/AIDS (UGANET) has established that many girls of school-going age are now exposed to FGM because of the lockdown, which has robbed them of the protection previously provided by anti-FGM advocates. Fighters of FGM are now curtailed by lockdown rules like travel restrictions and anti-gathering rules to do their...
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Maternal Mental Health Issues Arising From COVID-19 Lockdown Should be Addressed

Ntinda, Kampala – Maternal Mental Health problems in most communities in Uganda continue to rise, with the COVID-19 lockdown presenting a set of new challenges to new mothers, especially those in their teenage years. Dr Loyce Faith Nangiro, a medical doctor at Amudat Hospital in the Karamoja sub-region of Uganda says most new mothers in the region are very young and give birth at a tender age, something that has affected their mental health. “Most of the new mothers especially those who deliver at my hospital are very young and...
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Government Urged to Improve Partnerships With CSOs to Fight Social Injustice

Ntinda, Kampala – Since the government imposed the second COVID-19 lockdown on June 18th, 2021, social injustices have been on the rise among communities across Uganda. Incidenced of domestic violence like the man who set his wife and three children ablaze in their house in Rubanda district, teenage pregnancies, Female Genital Mutilation and several other injustices continue to rise. UGANET recognizes that there’s an urgent need to combat this vices- and this calls for the government to increase its partnerships with Civil Society organizations (CSOs) so that they can effectively...
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Government Should Ensure Disability-Inclusive Sexual Health Rights

Ntinda, Kampala – The Uganda Network on Law, Ethics and HIV/AIDS (UGANET) calls upon the government to ensure that disability-inclusive Sexual Reproductive Health services are offered at all health centers to accommodate women and girls. Women Enabled International (WEI), an international NGO and the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) in a 2021 report titled, The Impact of COVID-19 at the Intersection of Gender and Disability, say that women and girls with disabilities have struggled to meet their basic needs, to access needed health services including those needed both because of their...
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