Religious leaders, cultural leaders, parents and youth are ready to dialogue on feasible measures to address the rising cases of teenage pregnancy and other sexual and reproductive health issues in Kabarole district and parts of the city of Fort Portal.
Organized by Reproductive Health Uganda (RHU) as part of the Right Here Right Now 2 (RHRN2) partnership, the dialogue targets people from the 8 sub-counties of the district and 4 divisions of the city, essential for identifying key advocacy issues affecting their own communities such as increase in teenage pregnancies, child marriages, school dropouts due to unplanned pregnancies, unsafe abortions, substance abuse, harmful cultural practices, among others.
Under the theme “Addressing the increase in teenage pregnancies and HIV rate among young people in Kabarole district”, the dialogue aims to identify existing problems and define key strategies on how to support them in solve them.
The dialogue will take place on Wednesday, July 20 at the Night Rose Hotel from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Participants will be selected from key communities that are affected by the SRH issues highlighted to be able to understand and advocate for an enabling environment for young people to access information and services tailored to their their age in sexual and reproductive health (SRHR) rights within the respective communities. from the basic level.
“It will also be important to have feedback on current SRH issues affecting young people’s access to key SRH information and services such as harmful cultural practices in Karangura sub-county where girls are groomed to be brides without any importance attached to education for girls – coupled with the effects of COVID-19 which left many teenage girls pregnant during lockdown,” read in part a statement from RHU.
The RHRN-2 initiative aims to unleash the power of young people, increase public support for SRHR, youth policies and laws.
Engagement will be moderated by outsourced people who are passionate about young people achieving their full potential.
- To share and dialogue on key SRH issues affecting young people, access SRH information and services in communities.
- Develop actions and recommendations on creating an enabling environment for young people to access SRH information and services in a gender justice society.
- To share and dialogue on key SRHR issues affecting young people, access SRH information and services in communities.
- Key actions and recommendations on creating an enabling environment for young people to access SRH information and services in a gender justice society developed.