The Let Girls Be Girls Campaign

Let Girls Be Girls

Through the Let Girls Be Girls program, we champion the rights of girls to education and health on three folds;

  1. Through sexual and reproductive health and rights education in schools and churches as a way of empowering girls. We believe it’s the girls’ rights to access information on their sexual and reproductive health.
  2. We raise awareness and advocate for investing in preventing teenage pregnancy. Teenage pregnancy is of major concern in Uganda. According to the 2011 Uganda Health Demographic Survey (UHDS), 1 in 4 Ugandan girls between the age of 15 and 19 has either had a child or is pregnant. Instead of being girls, circumstances force them to become mothers. They carry babies instead of books. Our message is “First things first, books before babies”.
  3. We fight practices and norms that violate the rights of girls. These include Female Genital Mutilation, domestic and gender based violence.

*Why teenage pregnancy must end

According to the UHDS, a teenage expectant mother is twice likely to die during pregnancy or child birth compared to a woman in her 20s. If she is under 15, the risks are 5 times higher. This is because their bodies are not physiologically mature and ready to handle child birth.

Teenage mothers are more likely to suffer complications like prolonged and obstructed labour, often resulting into obstetric fistula. Statistics from Uganda’s Ministry of Health indicate that there are 200,000 cases of fistula in Uganda and 1,900 cases are added on every year. And of the 6,000 maternity deaths recorded every year, 1,440 or 24% are teenage mothers. This means that almost 4 teenage mothers die in labour every day. Yet besides maternal death, girls are exposed to the risk of contracting HIV since they are exposed to sexual relationships with older men who have multiple sexual partners, majority of whom are schoolgirls according to the Uganda Aids Commission. The World Bank estimates that Uganda’s productivity would be USD15 billion higher if teenage girls delayed pregnancy until their early twenties and got a skill and worked.

Word FROM FOUNDER

Word From Founder

Welcome to EDOU! We’re a charity organisation whose mission is to transform lives. The Dream for EDOU was born out of my real-life experiences. I grew up in a poverty-stricken home...

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Brian wins the “120 Under 40” globa...

Brian wins the “120 Under 40” global contest

...the EDOU founder belongs to a "truly an outstanding group"    Brian receives the 120 Under 40 certificate...

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Brian unveils EDOU’s project to promote women’s health

...the project involves setting up an online information and data centre.   Brian speaking at the Population...

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...Brian was invited to speak at the UNFPA event as a winner of the 120...

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We ask Melinda Gates to become our Noble Ambassador

...Brian makes request at the Women Deliver Conference in Copenhagen - Denmark Brian and other delegates pose...

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EDOU making widows’ heart sing

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Testimonies

We always want such development initiatives

“We always want such development initiatives by people like you born in our area. It...

The scholarship made all the difference

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Giving sanitary pads to girls

“Now I will really be safe. I will not fear being embarrassed among boys,” said...

House built for orphans

“Nze Livingstone Ssempebwa ne muganda wange Francis Ssekatawa tuli basanyufu nnyo kubanga mutuzimbidde enyumba gyetugenda...

Blessed by a blind woman

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