COVID-19 Lockdown Could Perpetuate Female Genital Mutilation in Uganda

Ntinda, Kampala – The ongoing COVID-19 lockdown could perpetuate Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Uganda, and the Uganda Network on Law, Ethics and HIV/AIDS (UGANET) calls on the government and other partner organizations to step up efforts aimed at combating this inhumane practice. UGANET, through its outreaches and community engagements, has gathered that FGM is being increasingly practiced in areas where it is culturally and socially accepted. Grace Nayiga, the Head, Legal Aid and Community Justice, UGANET says that FGM will likely increase because it is perpetuated by the family...
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Adaptations in HIV/AIDS Prevention Services are Needed

Ntinda, Kampala – The Uganda Network on Law, Ethics and HIV/AIDS (UGANET) calls on the Uganda government to follow the United Nations AIDS agency (UNAIDS) recommendations on making innovations and adaptations in HIV/AIDS prevention services. A Global HIV Prevention Coalition newly-published report titled, Preventing HIV infections at the time of a new pandemic: a synthesis report on programme disruptions and adaptations during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, provides a synthesis of the status of HIV prevention programming during the COVID-19 pandemic, identifies critical vulnerabilities, risks and major service disruptions and documents responses in a...
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Child Marriages Should be Stopped Now

Ntinda, Kampala – According to the Daily Monitor of June 30, 2021, local leaders and human rights activists in Bukedi sub-region have expressed concern over the increasing levels of child marriages, especially in rural communities. The leaders say that the economic distress caused by the COVID-19 pandemic is the leading cause of child marriages as parents offer their daughters in exchange for cows and goats. “Majority of the parents are marrying off their school-going girls because of economic hardships. This has become a habit, and it has increased levels of...
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