UWONET Launches 3rd Women Week with Warning on Unsafe Abortions

By Nixon Segawa and Pamella Amia

The Programs Director Action for Development (ACFODE) Dr. Jennifer Nabukenya Ssengoba has cautioned adolescent girls against indulging in abortion which exposes them to barrenness.

This she noted while deliberating on the subject ‘Reproductive health and sexuality’ at the Girls Arise Conference organized by Uganda Women Network (UWONET) during the launch of the 3rd Women Week at UMA Conference Hall in Kampala on Saturday.

According to experts, website Uganda’s high birth rate has led to the assumption that infertility is not a problem here, yet recently many couples have registered problems in conceiving.

These may be fewer than those bursting with fertility but their rate is gradually increasing over time.

“One of the major causes of barrenness is misuse of Family planning methods, misuse of abortion and not getting proper treatment after abortion,” said Dr. Jennifer Nabukenya.

She warned that these almost always cause women to acquire infections in their reproductive system which lead to barrenness.

“Young adolescents think they have access to everything and use whatever they want with lack of proper information; they use abortion methods that are not proper only to find out later that their Fallopian tubes are infected and their uteri damaged.”


She advised girls to always first get proper information about their reproductive health, family planning and know proper places that can accord good reproductive health services instead using information from their peers.

Speaking at the event, The Executive Director of Uganda Women’s Network Ritah Aciro said that the Women’s Week  is to reflect on the challenges the women and girls face find ways of overcoming them.

In her remarks, Aciro urged the young girls to establish their brand and above all identify their visions and that way they will succeeded.

“From ten I knew I was a leader and not only at a local level but at an international level and here l am all because l established a vision”.

During the week a number of activities are lined up, including Sunday prayers for all the girls in the nation, outreaches ,interactions, topics of discussion, human rights studying, and will be crowned with conference at Hotel Africana where over 20 schools have been invited.

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