FENU members discuss gender issues during their fourth meeting

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Members of the Forum for Education NGOs in Uganda (FENU) agreed that one of the ways of fighting teenage pregnancy and keeping girls in school is by sensitizing the girls and also involving the boys in the fight.

Speaking at the fourth gender thematic FENU meeting at Share An Opportunity Uganda (SAO U) on November 2, 2017, Ms Kristine Sullivan, the Country Director of Elevate said there is need to sensitize young boys that when they become young fathers, they will need to take up their responsibility.

“We need to use male champions to talk to the boys in schools that they need to protect the girls around them. We really have to involve boys in the conversation so that they can be sensitized and empowered,” Ms Sullivan explained.

Ms Hope Kansiime, the Communications Officer of FENU added that as a way of ensuring that the girls who have given birth do not miss out on education is by involving their families.

“We also need to work closely with families with girl child parents to encourage these girls to go back to school after giving birth.”

Speaking at the same function, Ms Prossy Bagavoire, the Child Sponsorship and Advocacy Coordinator at SAO U said SAO is passionate about gender parity, “This explains why we streamline gender across what we do. We cannot talk about holistic child development without tackling gender issues,” she said while giving the closing remarks during the meeting.

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