HEALTH: Bukoto Central Constituency Legislator Hon. Eng. Richard Sebamala has called for equitable sexual reproductive Health and Rights education to break societal stigmas in Uganda.
MP Sebamala was Chief Guest at the Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights Alliance (SHRH) end of year reflection party in Kampala, and emphasized that everyone’s commitment to fostering a society that respects and safeguards these rights is paramount.
“Sexual reproductive health is not just a matter of physical well-being; it is about empowering individuals to make informed choices about their bodies, relationships, and futures. We must champion comprehensive sex education that equips people with the knowledge they need to make responsible decisions. Moreover, we must dismantle the barriers that hinder access to reproductive health services. Every individual, regardless of gender, deserves the right to accessible and affordable healthcare. Let us work tirelessly to break down the societal stigmas that often shroud discussions surrounding sexual and reproductive health.” Sebamala said
Eng. Sebamala a renown Democratic party vocal Parliamentarian said, In advocating for sexual reproductive rights, we champion the autonomy and agency of each person over their own body. It is a fundamental right that should be upheld and protected. Our collective effort should focus on creating an environment where individuals feel safe and supported in making choices that align with their own values and aspirations.
“Today, as we celebrate progress, let us also recognize the work that lies ahead. We must engage in open and constructive dialogues, fostering understanding and empathy. By doing so, we contribute to building a society that respects and cherishes the diversity of choices and experiences in matters of sexual reproductive health. Let us unite in our commitment to advancing sexual reproductive health and rights. It is a journey towards a more equitable and compassionate world, where everyone can live with dignity, free from judgment and discrimination. Together, we can create a future where every individual’s sexual reproductive health and rights are not only recognized but celebrated.” Sebamala emphasized.
The Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) Alliance Uganda is a consortium of organisations that stand for and promote young people’s SRHR. It is comprised of organisations with strong niche, expertise, and experience in key aspects of SRHR programming for vulnerable and marginalised groups of adolescents and young people.
The alliance began operating in Uganda in 2011, initially with 4 members but the membership expanded to the current 8 SRHR organizations including Reproductive Health Uganda, Reach A Hand Uganda, Straight Talk Foundation, Family Life Education Program, Center for Health Human Rights & Development, Uganda Network of Young People Living with HIV and AIDS, Restless Development, and National Forum of People Living with HIV and AIDS Networks in Uganda.
SHRH is geared towards ensuring that all young people have access to high quality and youth friendly SRHR information and services within a supportive environment. The SRHR Alliance Uganda also works to ensure that vulnerable groups of adolescents and young people (including adolescent girls and young women, young people living with HIV/AIDS, young people in emergency settings, young people living with disabilities and those among key populations) are supported to claim and exercise their SRHR without impediment and free from violence
Their strategic goal of the alliance is to enhance access and utilization of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights information and services by young people (10-24 years) in Uganda.
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