Uganda: Minister of Youth pleads for the empowerment of the boy

Junior Minister of Youth and Children Affairs Sarah Nyirabashitsi Mateke said including boys in mentorship programs would help them become more responsible members of society.

Ms Mateke made the call yesterday during the second stage of the mentorship and leadership program for women parliamentarians at the UK High Commissioner’s residence in Kampala.

The program is funded by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and supported by the British High Commission.

“I was somewhere recently and the boys testified that we always put the girl first, but [they] have now proven to us what they can do, which is to impregnate girls, ”Ms. Mateke said.

Ms Mateke’s remarks come at a time when there is a surge in teenage pregnancies, with observers blaming them on pandemic restrictions that have left many young people inactive.

“As we talk about mentoring for girls, let’s not forget the boys either. Let’s mentor both,” Ms Mateke stressed, echoing what Vice President Anita Among told parliament last week.

In the same function, Ms Kate Airey, the UK High Commissioner, stressed the importance of ensuring that knowledge and skills continue to grow, especially among women.

“We need to make sure that the talent funnel continues to grow through this system so that we continue to have the best female leaders who stand up for women’s rights. This means the fellowship will continue to thrive…” said Mrs. Airey.

Still in a spirit of brotherhood, Ms. Mateke advised women in high-level positions to mentor those in lower-level positions. “If you keep raising yourself on your own, you will leave generations of women behind,” she said.

Ms. Adekemi Ndieli, UN Deputy Representative for Women in the country, said women in leadership positions should be useful spokespersons.

“These women, including lawmakers, can be helpful in advancing the agendas of other women who are not at the same level as them,” Ms. Ndieli said.

The one-year mentorship and leadership program for women parliamentarians launched yesterday will enable them to effectively fulfill their parliamentary roles, promote gender equality and the leadership program.

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