“A violent free society”: Plan’s campaign, Lango leaders’ demands
Over six hundred girls in Uganda were impregnated during the coronavirus lockdown last year.
By Aguti Joyce
Lira, March 21, 2021: A total of 600,000 teenage girls were impregnated during the period when the coronavirus sent Ugandans into lockdown.
The ‘crime’ was committed between 2019-2020.
Over 23,000 teenagers in Lango got pregnant during the pandemic’s lockdown period, multiple reports indicate.
Findings also indicate that teenage pregnancies hiked as a result of violence from parents and irresponsible parenting.
Now, to get solutions and stop violence against the victims, Plan International Uganda has launched a campaign with the theme “Campaign is to combat violence against Girls and Young Women in Lango”.
Patrick Emukule is the regional manager of Plan Uganda.
He said during the launch at Lango Coran in Lira City that Plan Uganda is campaigning towards ending gender-based violence against girls and young people in Uganda.
The Resident City Commissioner (RCC) of Lira Lawrence Egole wants equal treatment of both boys and girls.
The RCC pointed out that 85% of boys in the district are street children.
Egole directed the people in the community not to forget about the boy child.
He, however, appreciated Plan International for the move they have put into our country, Uganda.
RCM Richard Okello Orik, LC5
Chairman of Lira district, said the district wants a violent free society.