| Dec 20, 2022
Supporting Girl-led campaigns against SGBV during 2022's 16 days of activism
Girl-led campaign against SGBV- Kinyogoga
Over 60 Adolescent girls in Kinyogoga sub county of Nakaseke district of Uganda decided to launch their building girls power movement- Tusobola, that translates as “We Can”. This event took on 14th December 2022 in Kivuliya-Rukono village, when a group of girls, came together from three different girls only safe spaces, because they believed that if they came in big numbers, they would feel safer and stronger to walk within their community, to let people know that gender-based violence does exist and that it affects them. The girls were able to voice this out through word of mouth, short plays, music and dance.
Tendo, the 20-year-old member and leader of the organizing group had this to say, “I know we may not see immediate results from this campaign in terms of communities supporting us, but I, We, felt heard today, when the crowds gathered to hear our messages. We plan to schedule days when we remind them that we want violence against women and girls stopped in my community. We too can add value to our community”
On this very day, over 40 girls had access to test for HIV, with a few others screening for cervical cancer. They were able to make these decisions because we helped bring closer to them the much-needed services that they haven’t got due to the long distances it requires to access them. It is because of this timely intervention that 30 girls were treated for sexually transmitted infections, and 3 girls can now start to receive the treatment after showing symptoms that could lead to cervical cancer.
Just Like My Child Foundation Uganda is grateful for the opportunity to take lead in this region of the country, working through partnerships to implement the Adolescent Girls Power Program that is funded by Children’s Rights and Violence Prevention Fund.