Every 11 th of October, Uganda joins the rest of the world to mark the International Day of the Girl Child. This year, the commemoration is under the theme: the need to address the challenges girls face and to promote girls’ empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights.
The need to achieve the above has always been a priority for Share An Opportunity Uganda (SAO Uganda). Therefore, with support from different donors, SAO Uganda has ensured that it works with partner communities and duty bearers to find viable solutions to some of the challenges that hinder the progress of the girl child. These among others include, lack of sanitary pads which has led to increased cases of girls dropping out of school, lack of scholastic materials and child marriages among others.
Some of the solutions that have been provided for these challenges include, skilling young girls in making reusable sanitary pads, holding capacity building meetings / trainings on the effects of child marriages with parents and empowering parents in Income Generation Activities (IGAs) so that they can provide for the girl child.
While these have caused noticeable changes in the community’s attitude towards the girl child in general and educating the girl child, more needs to be done.