In Uganda, girls face deep-rooted inequalities and violations of their rights on a daily basis including discrimination, harmful cultural practices such as child marriage, defilement, teenage pregnancy, school dropout, sexual assault, child poverty and poor health. The girl child has therefore become effectively invisible as a result of these factors and pushed to the margins of society.
The number of vulnerable women we see today is because they never had much attention in terms of education, health, mentorship and life skills. The lack of regard for the girl child as an equal to the boy child is disheartening. More so, Girls in rural areas are made to develop the mentality that they can never be better than boys, which is wrong. Indeed, many girls delay going to school or are even denied education because they shoulder the burden of doing domestic chores.
Facts about the Girl Child in Uganda
- Uganda is ranked 16th among 25 countries with the highest rates of early marriages
- 23% of girls drop out of school because of early pregnancy
- 1 in 10 menstruating girls skip school 4-5 Days per month
- 35% of girls drop out of school because of early marriage
Girls Lead is a movement and program of Sustain Micro Enterprise that was established to respond to the alarming needs, inequalities and unattended to issues that limited and affect the girl child from exploiting her full potentials. The girls Lead movement focuses on core girl child issues such as Menstrual Hygiene, school dropout, early marriages, teenage pregnancy, girl child education and inequality.