In 2018, we shone the spotlight on Uganda’s invaluable asset - its young people - and their untapped potential. The sweeping highlight of this event were the overarching view on the need to deal with the underlying factors compromising the sexual Reproductive health of young people especially poverty, the need for government and policy makers need to put stiffer penalties for teachers who sexually abuse the children under their care and the call for realistic and not a moralistic approach while making laws and policies regarding sexuality education for young people.
In 2016, the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development in Uganda issued a ban on the dissemination of Sexuality Education messages pending the development of a standardized Sexuality Education Framework. Against that background, the 3rd Intergenerational Dialogue under the theme, “Sexuality Education; who is responsible?” focused on the role of stakeholders in delivering age appropriate and accurate Sexuality Education to the young learners. The discussion involved school administrators and proprietors, teachers, parents, CSOs, youth, representatives from government ministries, international and national development partners as well as opinion leaders.
The dialogue carried forward discussion from the 2014 dialogue where areas for collaboration and linkage were discussed by the young people, religious and local leaders, Ministry technocrats, schools, parents, civil society and media.
The inaugural dialogue centered on strengthening effective and meaningful involvement of a young nation in Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR). Being the first of its kind in Uganda, it aimed at breaking the taboo of speaking about Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and addressing various cultural barriers especially between young people and adults. It encouraged honest discourse between the participants. The dialogue created space for the participants to go beyond barriers and deliberate on the SRHR issues affecting young people.