Sexual & Reproductive Health & Rights

Sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) is a central part of our initiative. Girls need to know the correct information about their bodies and their rights so they can make informed decisions and speak up in cases of sexual violence. Creating a safe space to talk about this possibly awkward or uncomfortable topic allows the girls to ask sensitive questions and for our peer educator to dispel any commonly held myths and provide factual information.

Why reproductive health issues

The Uganda For Her Initiative was created when our founders recognized the lack of support young Ugandan girls receive during their periods. Menstruation is still a taboo subject in Ugandan society, thus resulting in a harsh stigma of shame and embarrassment surrounding this natural process. We hope to break the stigma and create a supportive environment to empower young girls!

Uganda For Her’s sexual and reproductive health and rights training teaches adolescent girls the following:

  • Bodily changes at the onset of puberty for boys and girls

  • Positive body image

  • Menstruation and proper hygiene

  • STD and HIV/AIDS prevention 

  • Healthy relationships
  • Family planning methods 

  • Violence against Women (VAW) and consent 

  • Root causes and prevention of VAW

Girls in Uganda are pressured into or decide to have sex at an early age, which in many instances leads to them dropping out of school. In 2013, the United Nations Population Fund State of World Population Report found that in Uganda 33% of girls have children before the age 18. As a result, Uganda has the second highest fertility rate, with an average of 6 children per woman, and the fifth highest growth rate in the world. Providing adequate sexual education to youth can help to keep girls in school longer to ensure a better life!

HOW WE SUPPORT GIRLS

Our peer educators visit schools in Kampala and the rural districts to educate and support young girls. We teach both boys and girls about their sexual and reproductive health and rights to encourage respect and help to abolish any stigmas or myths. 

During our workshops we teach students about the female reproductive system, menstrual cycle, and how to use sanitary pads. 

REUSABLE SANITARY PADS

Uganda For Her began a reusable sanitary pad program in school to tackle menstrual health and hygiene and its impact on girls’ ability to stay in school during their menstruation period. It is now well known that menstruation is a barrier to girls’ education and overall health and well-being. In response to this pressing issue, we use donations to purchase reusable sanitary pads with an aim of eliminating the shame these girls feel during their periods at school.

Get Involved in Our Work

 

You can help break the cycle of poverty and begin a cycle of progress for a girl child, her family, and her entire community and see the difference you are making in their lives first-hand!

When you fundraise for Uganda For Her Initiative, you are helping to give young women and girls a brighter future. You are giving them days of education, work, health, safety and dignity.