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KCCA, UNICEF Uganda develop Urban Social Protection programme to empower girls

Training of trainers’ workshop with key actors from partner organisations to kick start activities of the GEG programme ahead of its launch. (PHOTO/Courtesy)

KAMPALA – Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) with support from the Economic Policy Research Institute in partnership with UNICEF Uganda, developed the Urban Social Protection programme —GirlsEmpoweringGirls (GEG) for Adolescent Girls in Kampala to foster adolescent girls’ social and economic inclusion, and protection for their safe transition into later adolescence and adulthood.

The program targets 1,500 in- and out-of-school adolescent girls across the 5 City Divisions.

According to KCCA, adolescent girls living in Africa’s urban areas often disproportionally bear the burden of poverty, lack adequate access to social services and are more likely to face exploitation and abuse, as well as social and economic exclusion.

“This program is instrumental in response to this challenge,” said KCCA in a statement.

The workshop is centred on training ‘Lead Mentors’, a group of young professionals who will lead the mentoring component of the programme.

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