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INNOVATIVE EFFORTS TO CURBE/END TEENAGE PREGNANCIES AND END CHILD MARRIAGE IN UGANDA!

Teenage pregnancy and early child marriage is a global issue that affects millions of young girls every year. In Uganda, child marriage is a prevalent problem, with 34% of girls getting married before the age of 18. And teenage pregnancy at 25% this practice not only robs these young girls of their childhood but also limits their opportunities for education, health, and a bright future. However, there is hope as organizations in Uganda are collectively working towards ending this harmful practice.

One of the main reasons for child marriage in Uganda is poverty. And for the case of teenage pregnancy is a community mindset and partly poverty too. Many families living in rural areas struggle to put food on the table, and marrying off their daughters at a young age is seen as a way to alleviate financial strain. Additionally, cultural and traditional norms also play a significant role in perpetuating child marriage and teenage pregnancies in Ugandan society. However, children in Uganda are taking collective efforts to raise awareness and advocate for an end to this harmful practice.

Among the many organisations  that are at the forefront of curbing/ending  Teenage pregnancies and early child marriages, Teenage mothers and child support foundation is among the leading organisations, that also subscribes to Girls Not Brides as  a partner to mitigate the vise. Uganda- National partnership to end child marriage. This coalition of non-governmental organizations, community-based groups, and activists is dedicated to ending child marriage and enabling young girls to reach their full potential. The Alliance works to educate communities about the consequences of child marriage, provide resources and support for at-risk girls, and advocate for policy changes to protect children from early marriage. The Girls Not Brides Uganda (GNBU) – National Partnership is hosted and chaired  by Joy for Children Uganda and World Vision Uganda with a membership of 134 CSOs working at community, district, regional and national level committed to ending child marriage and enabling children live to fulfill their potential.

Addressing child marriage is a child violence issue. The Government of Uganda has proceeded with issuing the policies and guidelines for curbing/ending the vise of child marriage.

In addition to organized groups, individual children in Uganda are also taking a stand against child marriage. Through community activism, peer education, and personal advocacy, young boys and girls are raising their voices and speaking out against this harmful practice. By sharing their stories and experiences, they are shedding light on the negative impact of child marriage and calling for change at the grassroots level.

While the fight against child marriage in Uganda is far from over, the collective efforts of children and organizations across the country are making a difference. By raising awareness, advocating for policy changes, and empowering young girls to assert their rights, these efforts are slowly but surely shifting societal attitudes and reducing the prevalence of child marriage. With continued support and dedication, there is hope for a future where all children in Uganda can grow up free from the threat of teenage pregnancies and early marriages and have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

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