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Janet Museveni Advocates for Abstinence and Moral Values Amongst Youth

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janet museveni advocates for abstinence and moral values amongst youth
janet museveni advocates for abstinence and moral values amongst youth
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In a recent address to the youth at the National Youth Convention, Uganda’s first lady and education minister, Janet Museveni, shared her perspective on family planning and moral values for young people. She strongly opposed the use of family planning methods by school-age girls and stressed that contraception should be reserved for families.

During her speech, she expressed, “Family planning is intended for families who wish to space their children. It is not appropriate for children attending school. No one should suggest that a school-age child should resort to family planning to avoid pregnancy.”

Janet Museveni further stated, “While some may claim that using family planning will prevent pregnancy, it does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV. Choosing family planning at a young age may lead to unintended health risks.”

This stance by the education minister aligns with a growing trend among government leaders who have rejected a proposal from a health ministry official to introduce birth control methods to girls aged 15 and above.

The first lady encouraged young girls to practice patience, contentment, and abstinence from sexual activity until marriage. She emphasized the importance of living a life in accordance with one’s faith and values. She cautioned against behaviors influenced by what she referred to as “immoral cultures” that promote harmful actions, addictions, and temptations, often propagated through peer pressure and various media platforms, including social media, the internet, and traditional media.

Janet Museveni urged the youth to maintain a close connection with their faith and to seek personal transformation through regular prayer and the study of religious texts.

In addition to this, the government, in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund, estimated that during the COVID-19 pandemic years of 2020 and 2021, approximately 32,000 Ugandan teenagers eloped each month.