Adolescents girls need access to youth-friendly services


On Friday, Uganda joined the rest of the world to celebrate the girl child day but what are the challenges young women and girls face in communities especially those who are in rural areas. They are so many ranging from poor quality of education, lack of menstrual materials to use, sexual harassment, Gender based violence, forced marriages, poor health services and poverty

let me remind everyone that teenage pregnancy rates continue to increase day in day out and it is still the leading cause of death among young girls. In fact, some of unwanted pregnancies end in unsafe abortion and these abortions are performed each year in often fatal conditions

A lot of teenage mothers feel invisible, like they don’t matter or aren’t a vital part of the society because other people make their lives more simple by deciding who they’re going to notice and who they’re not

But working together as a community, we can break down barriers around family planning, unsafe abortion to empower women, advance education, and improve health by easing pressures on ecosystems

Last week, leaders, Advocates gathered during the 74th UN General Assembly to discuss action on climate change and they adopted the new declaration on universal health coverage, including calling on countries to dedicate at least 1% more of their budget to health care. If every woman could access the modern contraception she wanted, the country would be a better and a safe place for them

And have an idea that if the government could give more young women and girls access to contraception, and dramatically reduce unintended pregnancies

Every girl should have the right and ability to decide whether and when to have children and the knowledge and tools to sustain and protect their natural environment and generate economic opportunity

As a country, we need to join global campaigns and protects the human rights especially women and girls and we need to start campaigns that recognizes the critical importance of family planning not only for women and girls but also for the environment

Young girls who are out of schools ought to make their decisions on the future of their lives that’s why there is need to empower them with sexual reproductive health information


Frank Byaruhanga is a human rights activist with years of experience in community dialogues, digital communication, advocacy and digital campaigns. He specializes in Media Relation Work, Management and Training with sufficient knowledge in Governance, Accountability, Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights, Youth-led research, Content developer, Creative Activism, Social Media Management and documentary photography.

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