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We Must Implement Laws & Policies Against Child Marriages and FGM

KAMPALA, Uganda – According to the State of the World Population Report 2020, an estimated four million girls worldwide will undergo FGM, while each year 33,000 teenage girls are forced into marriage. Here in Uganda, child marriage cases have and continue to be high. According to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) representative in Uganda, Alain Sibenaler, “The figure was at 49 percent in the past and remains high, while FGM national prevalence is low at below 0.1 percent, but in the three districts of Kapchorwa, Bukwo and Kween incidences...
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We Must Combat Teenage Pregnancies Early Enough

KAMPALA, Uganda – As many children continue to stay home after the outbreak of covid-19, defilement cases and consequently teenage pregnancies continue to skyrocket across the country. What is more disturbing however, is that not much is being done to change the status quo. For example, to a report by UNICEF, “Kitgum leaders fear schools may not have female students after lockdown due to teenage pregnancies.” The report goes on to say that 1519 girls below 19 years have visited a hospital for antenatal care since schools were shut in...
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Specific Laws Could Protect Widows from Losing Their Property

KAMPALA, Uganda – There are so many injustices and difficulties women around the world face after the loss of their spouse. These may include, hardships in providing for the family members after the loss of the main bread earners in addition to denial of their right to inherit their husband’s property among others. Death is a part of our life’s journey and is inevitable, but when a woman loses her husband, it’s a double tragedy as she is faced with more than the loss of a spouse but property too....
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The Absence of Laws On Widow Inheritance Gives Way To Violation Of Women’s Rights

KAMPALA, Uganda – While government efforts to combat the spread of HIV/AIDS are paying off, there are behavioural challenges with leading social cultures like widow inheritance that are still hampering the much desired results. Widow inheritance in Uganda is nearly practiced by all tribes across the country. Despite its practice among many cultures in Uganda and in Africa, widow inheritance is a violation of a number of rights of women that majorly involve widows of childbearing age. When a woman loses her husband, she is asked to marry one of...
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