Uganda Youth and Adolescents Health Forum (UYAHF) News
Yesterday 29th March 2018 together with our partners; Ministry of Education and sports, and WaterAID 💦, UYHAF held a very successful National Stakeholders Meeting on Menstruation Hygiene and Management and SRHR in schools.
The stakeholder meeting also attended by Plan International-Uganda, IRC, World Vision and Straight Talk, Womena and AfriPADS among other CSOs and government agencies aimed at achieving three main objectives as shared below;
Objective 1: Information sharing and learning gaps
To discuss, engage and promote WASH, MHM and SRHR in schools, share lessons learnt, identify gaps, and highlight important issues to improve girls’ education.
Objective 2: Influence policies and strategies to strengthen systems and support for MHM and SRHR in schools
To prioritise and promote inclusive School WASH, MHM and SRHR in education policies and strategies, including advocating for adequate budget allocation for improved sector performance and retention of girls in schools. Through empowering girls to voice out their MHM rights and SRHR, amplifying the voice of civil society organisations, and use evidence-based lobby and advocacy to influence policy, behaviour and practice.
Objective 3: Strengthen mechanisms for cross-sectoral integration, coordination and collaboration
To strengthen cross-sector communication, building bridges to increase awareness, collective action to yield a greater impact, cooperation to fill gaps, and build synergies for stronger stakeholder coordination.
Adolescent girls and young women are central to realizing the SDGs.
Achieving gender equality in education and in the Ugandan society is a human right. In addition, benefits to achieving gender equality in education and empowering women through education, have been proven internationally. Economic effects include higher income growth, higher wages and increased productivity. Social benefits include empowerment of women and girls, leading to owned and informed decisions, reduced cases of teenage pregnancies, reduced spread of HIV and AIDS, reducing gender-based violence and contributing to smaller, healthier and better educated