Opinion: What vaccine inequity means if you’re a young woman in Uganda

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Schools and universities closed again 15 million students at home or on the streets. staff went unpaid And fear spread in the communities. The effects were felt first and hardest by women, especially if they were young.
Even after months the lockdown has not been completely lifted. People wait hours For those few vaccines on the road that have crossed our limits. With less than 1% of the population fully immunized, we are vulnerable to more infectious and deadly forms such as Delta. but still the country Europe And North America A lot Therefore very Vaccines they are unable to use them all. I wonder if their citizens know how we are suffering? Maybe our luck seems distant to them. So let me tell you what vaccine inequality means if you are a young woman in Uganda.
three fourth The people of Ugandans are under the age of thirty. In in the early 1980s, less than 5% of girls were enrolled in secondary school, most of whom were prevented from attending due to this Poverty And gender inequality. My generation is more likely to be educated than our mothers and grandmothers, but we are still the first to be pulled out of school during difficult times.

During the pandemic, a lockdown generation lost opportunities for learning and has little hope of catching up. Only a privileged few were able to learn online. The rest will bear the cost of the education emergency for the rest of their lives.

But it is not just about our right to learn. Girls and young women get security in their schools and colleges. Education gives them the right to speak for their rights. This earns them respect in their families and communities. As education closures have forced young women home or on the streets, poachers have seen an opportunity. a shadow epidemic sexual abuse Is SpreadAccording to the United Nations Children’s Fund, pregnancies among teenage girls have increased by more than 20%. women have been Compelled In marriages or to share sex For Pennies to survive.
I have spent the lockdown campaigning against teenage pregnancy. I have also set up a program to provide women with menstrual health products passed Gaya denied for them during the pandemic. Shops are closed or there is no delivery. Families stop buying sanitary products to their girls because they can’t afford them and also because they feel they don’t need them if they’re not in school. I have met vulnerable young women who have sold sex so they can buy sanitary pads.
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Ugandan youth are resourceful; Young women above all. I am a 22 year old law student, and I used to sell cakes from my bakery, however that has been out of business due to the pandemic. I also work at a grassroots justice center, where we help people fight back when they are evicted from their homes or land, or when they suffer other injustices the mighty stand on those who can’t defend themselves .

during the pandemic, we have given young lady sanitary products, but we also helped them learn how to make reusable pads, which they also sell to others. These efforts demonstrate how we have helped each other at a time when the world has become largely distant. But self-help is not enough. The story of Uganda is typical of other African countries, the continent where The youth of the world are increasingly focused. More than 40% of people born in this century are estimated to be young africans.
Young women across Africa demand vaccine equity. I am one of the young people who was asked by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to advise him our common agenda, a plan for how the world can recover from Covid-19. Guterres has warned The world faces a breakdown, with societies in the grip of the next crisis even before this pandemic is over. His new agenda calls for a global vaccination plan to get the dose in the arms of those who need it most. As world leaders gather at the United Nations in New York this week, we are presenting our report to them and seeing if they will set up an emergency task force to respond to this call.
The Global Immunization Plan is just the beginning of meeting the demands of the youth. Throughout 2021, we have worked closely with young leaders, thinkers and activists from around the world agenda for the future Which gives youth the highest priority for global collaboration.
We presented the Secretary-General with our proposals for a new deal for a new generation to rebuild our education systems, get us good jobs, and keep planetary emergencies from stealing our future. He includes many Our common agenda includes our recommendations such as a covenant for the future to protect the needs of future generations that will determine the world’s obligations to those born in this century. We urge governments to use the United Nations as a forum for their immediate implementation.

In Kampala, I will continue to help young women cope with the violence that threatens them. I will also continue to work for justice in local communities. But the pandemic has taught me how much our fate is dependent on decisions taken by people far and wide. And so I will join forces with other young women activists around the world in the hope that if we speak together, we will eventually be heard.



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