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Men Have Frustrated Gender Equality And Women Empowerment – Dr. Miria Matembe

Women’s rights activist, Dr. Miria Matembe, has said men have frustrated gender equality and women empowerment.

According to her, everytime equality for women tries to make any sound, men instead coil instead of coming through to help

“When men see empowerment of women, they sort of coil. They do not look at it like a positive. That has destroyed the struggle for gender equality and women’s empowerment,” Miria Matembe said.

On top of that she says government is not interested in the vulnerable people in the country. Apparently, government enjoys watching people suffer.

Matembe said this while in an interview on NTV. She was commenting about the rise in teenage pregnancies recently. She put this on poverty. Apparently, poverty leads to ignorance

“The causes of child marriages and teenage pregnancies include poverty. Poverty leads to ignorance. People do not know that girl child is, probably more useful to the parents than the boy.”

However, Jackson Chekweko, a worker at Reproductive Health Uganda said, girls in for example refugee camps have sex for survival. According to him, contraceptives should be provide

“We have girls in refugee camps who are having sex to survive. We also have girls who are growing up around their mothers who are sex workers. Let us have emergency contraception provided to these girls.” He said.

Some people didn’t seem to like this idea because giving contraceptives means girls are free to have sex

“In simple terms, let the girls continue to have sex, but they shouldn’t get pregnant. How about you provide better and safe environments for them to grow? How about HIV?” A one Ehussein said.

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