• Dec 01, 2021 . 1 min Read
  • Parliament wants sanitary towels for girls in school

Deputy speaker of Parliament, Anita Among said some girls are sexually abused due to lack of such essentials ( Parliament of Uganda)
Henry Sekanjako
Journalist @New Vision

Parliament has implored the Government to ensure that all girls in school have access to sanitary towels.

Speaking during the debate on Vice President Jessica Alupo's statement on early marriages and failed Parenthood, deputy speaker of Parliament, Anita Among said some girls are sexually abused due to lack of such essentials.

"It is an agreed position of Parliament that the girls need reusable sanitary towels because some of the girls are actually taken advantage of because they cannot afford sanitary towels," Among said.

Last year, the ministry of education and sports indicated that the Government is planning to set up a factory to manufacture sanitary pads that will be distributed at no cost to all girls in schools across the country.

This, as part of the implementation of a presidential pledge to provide sanitary pads to all girls as a way of keeping them in school.

The pledge which was supposed to be effected in the 2017/2018 financial year, is yet to be implemented.

The deputy speaker noted that "Now that we are preparing to open schools, we need to understand the crucial role teachers play in mentoring our children".

Among appealed to different stakeholders to go out there and speak about defilement and its ills.

 

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