Ugandan England-based sex educationist and media personality, Sarah Mulindwa recently left some exceptional remarks during a gender equality event. The TV presenter is flying the Ugandan flag high on the International map of Sexual Wellness and Reproductive Health. She is ready to start with Uganda and her fellow East African countries Rwanda, Kenya, Burundi, Tanzania, South Sudan and Democratic Republic Of Congo (DRC)
Who Is Sarah Mulindwa?
Mulindwa is signed with Bryan Morel Publications and was recently announced as a keynote speaker at Reach A Hand Uganda’s Brave Girls Festival. The event happened to empower, celebrate, challenge, uplift, inspire, advocate for the rights and give a voice to the Ugandan girl child.
It was during this event that Sarah Mulindwa presented her support and gratitude for her fellow stakeholders. These have taken brave actions and steps to drum the Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) use for young people at both individual and community levels.
According to Sarah Mulindwa, this is not just about girls speaking up against teenage pregnancy, but also against female genital mutilation.
Who Was Involved?
Partners included UNESCO, Movit, Pulse Uganda, Sauti Plus Media, Talent Africa, Naguru Teenage Health Center Reproductive Health Uganda, and many more.
Adolescent girls and young women are disproportionately affected by different sexual and reproductive health issues. These include teenage pregnancy of which some of these young ladies get to have their first child by the age of 19. Consequentially, they do miss out on the desired future.
There is also a high HIV prevalence and sexual and gender-based violence which leads to several health challenges including mental health issues. As much as we have advocated for the rights of the girl child, there are still several issues that need to be dealt with.
Sarah Mulindwa reminded young people of the realities that are still happening. She continued amplifying the voices of the women who have stood out to create positive change.
Clad in an orange body hugging jumpsuit by East Africa’s luxury designer Sham Tyra, Sarah hit the podium. She also interacted with students of Makerere University, International University of East Africa and Uganda Christian University amongst other youth educational institutions in Uganda. Edge Times caught up with her when she was off the podium. Below is the mission statement she aesthetically unraveled during her speech.
The Mission Statement As Quoted From Sarah
The following statements were got from Sarah Mulindwa as she expressed her initiative to change the East African curriculum.
My plan for Uganda is to increase awareness of the need for comprehensive sex education, mental health and women’s health. I want to re-evaluate our curriculum in schools to ensure Uganda is at the forefront leading the example in Africa and the world at large to create a generation that is cognisant of their sexual wellbeing and safety.
From my experience working with young people, I know one thing first hand. When they have the knowledge and tools in place, they’re less likely to engage in risk taking behaviour and are able to avoid unplanned pregnancies / sexually transmitted infections. In turn they will feel empowered to make informed decisions.
I want to be a beacon for positive change and inspiration in this field. I’ll be working with organisations in the country to ensure that we normalize open dialogue about a myriad of health topics. This will create a safe space where people feel they can discuss issues free of judgement and discrimination. I also have a background in the fashion industry and plan on collaborating with Uganda’s fellow creatives and showcasing the wonderful talent we have to offer!
What Is Brave Girls Festival?
The Brave Girls festival is a behavioral change campaign aiming to redirect focus to the emerging health issues affecting women and celebrate women in the SRHR sector that have played a major role in fighting for equal rights and access to health services for all.
John Kenny Adeya is the proprietor and author of Kampala Edge Times magazine and has won a couple of awards for fighting negative social behavior such as corporal punishment against children. He is a Ugandan journalist focused on spreading positive information about Africa.