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Women MPs under their umbrella Uganda Women Parliamentary Association (UWOPA) have raised a red flag on the increasing teenage pregnancy in the districts of Oyam, Abim, Terego, District.

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The Chairperson (UWOPA) Sarah Opendi (Woman MP for Tororo) says although there is economic empowerment for women, they continue to suffer Sexually Gender Based Violence (SGBV) and alarming teenage pregnancy in these districts registering over 2000 cases of teenage pregnancies just in a year, with the worst being a 13-year-old girl impregnated by a 14-year-old boy.

The Minister of State in Charge of Youth and Children Affairs Sarah Matake

The Minister of State in Charge of Youth and Children Affairs Sarah Matake emphasized the need to prioritize family values and parenting before thinking of empowering women economically.

She adds that if family strengthening is not focused, putting gov’t funds to empower women will be a waste of time althoughl the gov’t programs for women will be a waste of funds.

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