Ruth is a primary seven pupil from Soroti District in Eastern Uganda. At 14 years of age, she is a change influencer in his municipality and proudly shares how her life has changed and how she has in turn changed the lives of her peers. She is the change agentGirl’s Parliament; a position she was elected into by members of various girls committees in February 2020.
“I come from a village in the community where cases of school dropouts are at the highest. Child abuse in my village could probably be the highest in the entire municipality”, she notes.
Some years back, Ruth learnt about the Girl’s Parliament because her school had representatives in the parliament.
“Because of that, I picked interest in participating in girl’s affairs. As young people, because of lack of exposure, we often fear to express ourselves. However, because of the interest in the Girl's Parliament, I convinced myself that I can be the speaker of the Girl’s Parliament and help speak on behalf of my fellow girls and protect my fellow girls who were being oppressed.” he says.
Ruth shares that she felt so happy to see that finally he had an opportunity to help friends who were being abused; especially those facing domestic violence which was on a high in Soroti. She adds that she is elated at being part of a very happy family with both parents whom she says are quite understanding and supportive.
From the time that Ruth was also elected speaker of the Girl's Parliament, she says that she, together with hier fellow honourable members, have been at the forefront of advocating for a safe community that upholds the rights of girls.
We are previlaged to report you that the dollar you gave generously helped SCOEN do number of things, thelped us be part of the THE EASTERN REGION GIRLS SUMMIT Uganda whereby we were part of the organising committee.
The Eastern region girl’s summit was be held on 16th November 2022 in Soroti district and attracted over 300 delegates, partners and stakeholders from the region. During the summit different activities took place including the mentorship walk, dialogues, children’s parliament, side events\sessions and panel discussions supported by experts, leaders and civil society advocates from the region and nationally.
The event gathered stakeholders from eastern region of Uganda fighting to end child marriages and teenage pregnancies.
OBJECTIVES OF THE EASTERN REGION GIRL SUMMIT WERE:
- Create awareness on how climate change influences child marriage and teenage pregnancy, and devise mitigating interventions.
- Spark action for transformative gender, faith based and cultural approaches in ending child marriage and teenage pregnancies.
- Strengthen coordination and partnership among organizations, partners and donors working to end harmful traditional practices and other human rights violations.
- Increased supportive relationships and duty bearers’ commitment towards ending child marriage in eastern region of Uganda, while emphasizing the involvement of men and boys
- Increased awareness and participation of children in preventing teenage pregnancies and child marriage in the region.
- Increased commitment by the private sector and general community, including schools, faith-based and cultural institutions in supporting efforts to end child marriage in Uganda
- Enhanced partnerships and collaboration among actors in the implementation of the National Strategy to End Child Marriage and Teenage Pregnancy 2022-2026 at the local level.
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12 million girls are still married before their 18th birthday. Help us put an end to child marriage.
Many brave girls are already fighting to end child marriage in their communities and speaking up to defend their right to education and health. However, there are still 12 million girls under 18 married every year. They need your support.
When a girl is forced to marry as a child, she faces immediate and lifelong consequences.
Her odds of finishing school decrease while her odds of experiencing domestic violence increase. She is more likely to become pregnant during adolescence, and more likely to die due to complications in pregnancy and childbirth than women in their 20s. There are also huge societal consequences, and higher risk of perpetuating intergenerational cycles of poverty.
Our Girls Parliament to end child marriage in Uganda participants have taken a brave step further and are fighting very actively among their communities to help other girls. But they can´t keep doing this alone, they need your support.
By making a donation to SCOEN you can help prevent many girls from becoming brides.
Your support have contributed to increasing girls’ access to education and health care services. Your donation has helped to provide trainings for skills development as well as field programmes to educate parents and communities on the dangers of child marriage and to promote gender equitable attitudes.
51 child marriages have been prevented in the past year thanks to support from people like you. Together we can keep this trend increasing in the future.
YOUR SUPPORT TOWARDS OUR WORK TO END CHILD MARRIAGE
Through your generosity we’re working with girls, their families and communities to end child marriage by:
Engaging youth through sexual health education to end child marriage
Our SCOEN's campaign/project is tailored to impart nuggets of information, inspiration and motivation in regards to sexual reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, life skills, teenage pregnancy to mention but a few.
In the January to march, the girls parliament aimed at addressing youth issues in the quest to help young people make informed choices in life, and is set out to advocate for the issues that are impacting young people in Uganda and to hold policy makers and leaders accountable for the decisions that directly affect the youth. More importantly is to empower the youth to take responsibility for receiving knowledge and demanding for the access to sexual and reproductive health rights information and services as well as empowering their peers with the same ti end child marriage.
The girl parliament brings together young people, government officials, policymakers, leaders, development partners, media and civil society towards the improvement of the Adolescents and Youth Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights with interest to end child marriage
SCOEN's Girlss' Parliament initiate the voices and leadership of adolescent girls to address the root causes of child and early forced marriage.
In the 5 minutes it takes you to read this post, 152 girls under the age of 18 will get married—whether they want to or not. 12.5 of those girls are getting married because of the stresses COVID-19 has put on their lives, families, and communities. That’s hurting the girls and their life chances. It’s also hurting their communities, their nations, and generations to come.
SCOEN is committed to learn from and support diverse women and girls to challenge injustice, and strive for a world that is equal for all genders. Child and early forced marriage undermines the effectiveness of those efforts including health, education, and overall equality for girls in their families, communities, and world at large. With the support of The individual donors GlobalGiving and The Beyond Our Borders.
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