Teenage Marriages in Uganda

Uganda has progressively established laws, and frameworks that support the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights of the Adolescents and Youth. Uganda has also ratified the Maputo Protocol on the Rights of Women that progressively promotes the Sexual and Reproductive Health of women and girls (Although there are reservations on Article 14, 2C) given that abortion in Uganda is restricted. It is crucial to note that this restricts Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights of Adolescents and young people, and more marginalization to those living with disabilities, those from vulnerable and needy homes, orphans and those living with chronic illnesses. While Uganda uses the National Sexuality Education Framework to conduct these activities, there is need to conduct more comprehensive menstrual health and sexual and adolescent health sessions, capacity building, dialogue with right holders and duty bearers  to challenge the restrictive laws, policies and practices in communities. With this approach, we will empower right holders from needy families, orphans and those living with disabilities to access sexual and reproductive health education, and services such as counseling and menstrual health products.

In the rural communities drop-out rates are high for rural girls. Up to 80% of girls entering primary school will never complete their primary education. Evidence suggests that the period around puberty is one in which many girls drop out of school or are absent from school for a significant period of time. Menstruation causes them to lose on average 3 to 4 days per month. Limited access to safe, affordable, convenient and culturally appropriate methods for dealing with menstruation has far reaching implication on the wellbeing, it undermines sexual and reproductive health and has been shown to restrict access to education.

Teenage Marriage statistics in Uganda.

The project scope:

  1. Empowering the adolescent right holders with age appropriate sexual and reproductive rights, and access to sexual and reproductive health. The project will promote awareness of comprehensive menstrual health knowledge and information among adolescent girls and boys, in two sub-counties: Omugo and Udupi in Terego district. Consequently, among adolescents, this project will contribute to school retention and ending child marriage related to menstrual stigma. It will also contribute to positive behavioral change, self-esteem and confidence, and bodily autonomy. Through advocacy of access to SRH, this will contribute to adolescent health friendly services, and awareness of where these services are located.
  2. Promotion of comprehensive sexuality education among university students rights holders in Terego district. The project will contribute to understanding of sexual behaviors and safe sex practices, body choice, integrity and autonomy, prevention of unwanted pregnancies, family planning, access to youth friendly health services and end of gender based violence, including sexual harassment among university students.
  • Promotion of comprehensive sexual reproductive health and rights among teenage mothers. Through this aspect, the consortia will contribute to education, counseling services, prevention of child marriages, safe sex practices, bodily choice and autonomy, and life skills to improve their livelihoods. This will also contribute to awareness of channels of justice in situations of abuse when the right holders experience abuse, and justice.
  1. Strengthen the role of duty bearers in promoting access to SRHR for the right holders. The project will contribute to building of trust and accountability among duty bearers in order for them to play their part, and understand their role in contributing to the fulfillment of sexual and reproductive health and rights.
  2. To influence dialogue on policies and frameworks that improve rights of the rights holders. This will contribute to understanding of the SRHR policies that affect various right holders, how they can shape them to fit their needs, and contribute to strengthening of both national and global advocacy.
  3. Skills training to empower teen mothers


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