Say No Campaign launched

At 9million adolescents make up a quarter of the population of Uganda. Adolescent girls in particular face multiple vulnerabilities. According to the Ministry of Health 25% of Ugandan teenagers become pregnant before 18years.

In the six months before COVID-19, 593 girls under the age of 18 reported sexual violence compared to 860 girls in six months during COVID-19. The odds of reporting sexual violence were 1.3 times higher (CI 95%, 1.12-1.51) during COVID-19 compared to the preceding six months. There was also a 17% increase in reported teen pregnancy during the pandemic.

Regions most affected by Teenage Pregnancies. The six regions with the highest numbers of teenage pregnancies were Busoga: the most affected district was Kamuli (6,535) and Mayuge (6,205 teenage pregnancies). North Central: the most affected districts were Mukono (5,535) and Luweero (4,545). Lango: (Oyam 6,449 and Lira 4,697). South Central: (Wakiso 10,439 and Rakai, 2711). West Nile: (Arua 4,705 and Yumbe 3,973). Tooro/ Rwenzori: Kasese (7,319) and Kyenjojo (4,341).

Trend of Teenage Pregnancies during Covid-19 Percentage increase in teenage pregnancies from 2019 to 2020, 67 districts registered increase in teenage pregnancies from 2019 to 2020. 3 districts had increase in teenage pregnancies by over 25 percent from 2019 to 2020. These were Dokollo (35.2%) in Lango, Budaka (28.7%) in Bukedi and Kaberamaido (28.6%) in Teso, and Manafwa (19.1%) in Bugisu, Sheema (18.1%) in Ankole, Amolatar (16.7%) in Lango, Bukwo (16.1%) in Bugisu and Buhweju (15%) in Ankole, Bulambuli (12.7%) in Bugisu and Napak (12.6%) in Karamoja. In 2020, the numbers of teenage pregnancies were the highest in: Wakiso (10,439), Kampala (8,460), Kasese (7,319), Kamuli (6,535), Oyam (6,449) and Mayuge (6,205).

With the above information therefore Hope Through Community initiatives, Fight Club Kampala and master’s Music have formed a partnership in rallying a” Say No Campaign” under a Theme “Advocating for the rights and responsibilities of the Z Generation”

Several actions planned to create awareness and sensitization, Advocating for Rights of the Z Generation, planning Rights based targeted interventions.

The team composed of a Theme song called “Say No” has been produced by master’s studio. The song is voiced by different upcoming musicians in several languages across the regions of Uganda.

HCI has formed the “Hold My Hand” initiative that will help to raise some modest support through the “Mama Hamper” they intend giving the teenage mothers. You buy one and support three girls.

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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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