Kabarole parents warned against marrying off underage girls

A survey carried out by SOS in the 11 sub-counties indicates that Kasenda leads in child marriage, followed by Hakibaale, with poverty cited as the leading cause.

By Evalist Mpamizo

Kabarole: Parents in Karangura Sub-county, Kabarole District, have been warned against marrying off underage girls. The vice, according to authorities, jeopardizes their bright future.

The warning was sounded by Kahuzo Elkanah, the area LCIII Chairperson, during a community dialogue about teenage pregnancy and early marriage, organized by SOS Children’s Village Fort Portal at the sub county headquarters recently.

The dialogue was aimed at increasing awareness about child marriages. Kahuzo said child marriage is associated with lower levels of schooling for girls in the area and is also a barrier to international development goals.

Ronald Kamugasa, the Karangura Community Development Officer (CDO), noted that educating a girl child creates many positive outcomes for economic development and poverty reduction by improving girls’ income-earning potential and socioeconomic status.

He said that some parents perceive marriage as a social security to protect the girls and never think of the consequences afterwards.

Monica Malunga from the SOS Children’s Village Fort portal called upon parents to desist from the practice and also urged community members to report such cases to police for intervention.

Steven Wadell Ainganiza, the Kabarole District Information Officer, said the district, in partnership with SOS, has finalized plans to come up with an ordinance that will help curb the vice.

A survey carried out by SOS in the 11 sub-counties indicates that Kasenda leads in child marriage, followed by Hakibaale, with poverty cited as the leading cause.

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