Woman at a radio station (Photo by Jeroen van Loon)

Ugandan youth challenge ban on sexuality education

Young people in Uganda have taken a stand against a ban on sexuality education in schools, announced by the Ministry of Gender. At the Intergenerational Dialogue (IGD) on sexual health in Kampala, 3,000 youths expressed their discontent.

The IGD was organized by Rutgers’ partner Reaching A Hand Uganda (RAHU), a youth-led organization that aims to improve the sexual health and rights of young people. At the event, individuals and representatives of the government and civil society of all ages discussed the importance and ways of improving sexual health and rights of young people.

The day before the event, the Ministry of Gender released a statement that it will ban sexuality education at schools because it would conflict cultural values. That touched a sore point of the participants of the IGD. Besides the young people, several high level speakers criticized the announcement firmly. Amongst them was Henk Jan Bakker, The Netherlands Ambassador to Uganda.

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