“Empowerment of and investment in girls are key in breaking the cycle of discrimination and violence and in promoting and protecting the full and effective enjoyment of their human rights”-United Nations Resolution 66/170
It seems fitting that the UK trustees would meet together today, the 11th October, as it is also the day the UN has dedicated to highlighting gender inequality and promoting the rights of girls around the world. A key part of our vision is the empowerment of the disenfranchised and downtrodden within Ugandan society, and it is clear that there is still much progress to be made in the quest for gender equality.
In Uganda, girls miss up to 20% of the school year simply because they cannot afford sanitary products when they menstruate. This has enormous consequences on girls’education and academic potential.
Uganda also has one of the highest rates of teenage pregnancy in the world. 1 in 4 teenage girls in Uganda become pregnant before they are 19. This often causes girls to give up on education and has disastrous effects on their future careers, health and well-being.
The ‘education gap’can be seen within the wider population with female literacy levels almost 20% below that of men.
Article 2 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child states that the rights in the Convention should be upheld:
‘…without discrimination of any kind, irrespective of the child's or his or her parent's or legal guardian's race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national, ethnic or social origin, property, disability, birth or other status.’
This is foundational to our work at KCK.
Our vision is that all children, male or female, would have the opportunity to reach their full potential. Check out our latest video to find out more about how we are addressing the issues faced by young girls in the slums of Kampala.
Could you help a young girl to say in education? Check out our School Sponsorship Programme to see how you can make a difference.
"We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back." Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Peace Prize Winner, 2014.