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EmPOWER Girls: Before, During and After Crises

EmPOWER Girls: Before, During and After Crises

The world’s 1.1 billion girls are a source of power, energy, and creativity – and the millions of girls in emergencies are no exception. This year’s International Day of the Girl (IDG) on October 11 marks the beginning of a year-long effort to spur global attention and action to the challenges and opportunities girls face […]

South Africa: Listen To The Girl Child, Pleads First Lady Tobeka Madiba-Zuma

South Africa: Listen To The Girl Child, Pleads First Lady Tobeka Madiba-Zuma

President Jacob Zuma’s wife, Tobeka Madiba-Zuma, on Saturday launched the Listen to the Girl Child campaign in KwaZulu-Natal. The Tobeka Madiba-Zuma Foundation, in partnership the eThekwini Municipality and the UN Aids programme, said it led a dialogue in sexual health, violence directed at children, girls and women, for 500 girls from schools around Inanda, KwaMashu […]

Sexual Abuse Still Crippling The Girl Child

Sexual Abuse Still Crippling The Girl Child

When Monica Mirembe (not real name) was four years old, her mother walked out of her marriage, leaving her only child behind with a father who abused her sexually. “Whenever my father would bathe me, he would touch my private parts and at night we used to share the same bed,” Mirembe, now 14, said. […]

The Debate On Early Marriages Over The Girl Child Kicks Off In Tanzania

The Debate On Early Marriages Over The Girl Child Kicks Off In Tanzania

 Lawmakers yesterday tasked the government to explain when it will specifically revise the heavily criticized Law of Marriage Act of 1976 in order to protect young girls from being married off at a tender age. MPs from the opposition and ruling parties sounded the ‘red’ signals here Tuesday when debating budget estimates for the Ministry […]

Uganda : Experts Blame Teenage Pregnancies On Poverty

Uganda : Experts Blame Teenage Pregnancies On Poverty

Poverty and ignorance are the leading causes of teenage pregnancies in Busoga sub-region, experts have revealed. According to the executive director of Save the Young Mothers, Ms Betty Angatai, teenage girls are either abandoned after conceiving or ostracised and more often, the person responsible for the pregnancy disowns it. Ms Angatai, in an interview with […]

Uganda: 200 Girls Flee Their Homes Over Violence

Uganda: 200 Girls Flee Their Homes Over Violence

At least 200 girls run away from their parents and guardians’ home due to domestic violence, an Action Aid official has said. Ms Irene Ahimbisibwe, Action Aid’s psychosocial support officer, said they record over 500 cases of girls and women who have fallen victim of domestic violence countrywide. She said in most cases, the girls […]

Namadingo, Suffix and Theo to Perform for Charity – in Aid of Girl-Child to Raise Funds for Sanitary Pads

Namadingo, Suffix and Theo to Perform for Charity – in Aid of Girl-Child to Raise Funds for Sanitary Pads

Rotaract Club of Blantyre has enlisted services of Patience Namadingo, Theo Thomson and Suffix in a bid to raise funds for reusable sanitary pads for school-going girls following concerns of high rate of dropouts. Most school-going girls in Malawi do drop out of school due to, among other reasons, lack of sanitary pads especially during […]

Malawi : Charity Group Set To Raise Funds For Reuseable Sanitary Pads For Girls

Malawi : Charity Group Set To Raise Funds For Reuseable Sanitary Pads For Girls

Rotaract Club of Blantyre has enlisted services of Patience Namadingo, Theo Thomson and Suffix in a bid to raise funds for reusable sanitary pads for school-going girls following concerns of high rate of dropouts. Most school-going girls in Malawi do drop out of school due to, among other reasons, lack of sanitary pads especially during […]

Oulanyah Blames Rising Teen Pregnancies On Older Men

Oulanyah Blames Rising Teen Pregnancies On Older Men

The Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Mr Jacob Oulanyah, has attributed the current high rate of teenage pregnancies in Acholi sub-region to older men preying on teens. Mr Oulanyah, who is also Member of Parliament for Omoro County in Omoro District, said older men are taking advantage of underage girls and abusing them sexually and in […]

We Need To Step Up Learning For The Girl Child

We Need To Step Up Learning For The Girl Child

 The government has reiterated its commitment to protect the girl child, expressing its desire to see them attain the highest educational qualifications. This was echoed by the Prime Minister, Mr Kassim Majaliwa, in his remarks on separate occasions while addressing residents in various villages in Ruangwa District. On a four-day end-of-the-year leave that he has […]

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