Uganda’s first Lady and also The Minister of Education and Sports, Janet Kataaha Museveni has called upon parents to diligently take on their roles in preparing the girl child for a better future.
Speaking during the International Day of the Girl Child conference at state House yesterday the 13 October 2020, Mrs Museveni noted that parents were abandoning some of their obligations to the government.
She explained that the government had done a lot to empower the girl child and cannot do it all, everyone has a part to play towards girl child empowerment.
The conference which ran under the theme: “My Voice, our equal future” aimed at devising ways to fight barriers that hold girls back in society.
Speaking on teenage pregnancies, The First Lady said; to stay in school, girls need to be equipped with basic needs like sanitary pads but most parents are not providing them, a reason many girls keep dropping out of schools and ending up pregnant at a young age.
The First Lady added that despite Uganda being a rich country with a lot of food, some children go to school without food and keep hungry the whole day making it difficult for schools to keep the students.
In reference to the Covid 19 Pandemic effect on the girls, Mrs Museveni said the Government has put in place a multi-sectoral plan, policies and interventions aimed at reducing teenage pregnancies and empowering The Girl Child. “As policy makers we will continue to prioritise interventions and every opportunity to increase awareness on gender inequality faced by girls.”
She called upon parents and all Ugandans to join efforts in supporting the girl child stating that, “when you educate a boy you educate an Individual, but when you educate a Girl you educate a Whole Nation”.