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Kadaga asks MPs to fight child marriages in rural districts

Speaker Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga said its role of MPs to fight early marriages in their respective constituencies. (FILE PHOTO)

PARLIAMENT– The speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has expressed the need for parliament to address the growing number of child marriages in most rural areas such as Western, Eastern and the Northern parts of the country.

The speaker made the remarks while speaking during the ten days of activism spearheaded by UN Women at Parliament on Wednesday, Kadaga said that many young children both boys and girls between the ages of 12 to 17 years have already started families and parliament needs to debate the matter and come up with a solution.

Kadaga also reminded the MPs to respond to the UN Women call for all MPs to ensure that they put up something in their different constituencies that can help the children remain in schools.

The king of Alur, His Majesty Phillip Olerber Rauni III who is also the She campaign ambassador expressed the need for the affirmative action to be translated into helping in the fight against gender-based violence.

Tinah Musoya from the CEDOVIP added that there is a need to sensitize the community on gender-based violence.

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