Dokolo: Social stigmas surrounding menstruation and lack of knowledge of menstrual hygiene practices can be significant barriers to girls’ education. Irene Amongi Ajwika is evaluating the impact of raising awareness about menstrual hygiene on girls’ school absenteeism and poor performance in Dokolo district.
Speaking to the press on Tuesday in Dokolo town, Ajwika who is also interested in becoming Dokolo woman MP declared her candidature to run for Dokolo by-election as an independent candidate (NRM linient)
“I do respect party constitution that gives power to the flag bearer, I am an NRM supporter but will contest as independent because our flag bearer has records of giving opportunity to opposition members to win her” Ajwika noted.
She strongly believes that she is the only candidate that will improve on girl child education and poor performance in Dokolo district among other points in her manifesto once she’s elected a member of Parliament.
According to Ajwika, School absenteeism can predict eventual school dropout and longer-term life challenges for adolescents can hamper efforts to break the poverty cycle.
When asked to explain how she will influence voters who use to vote for FDC Cecilia Ogwal, Ajwika says Dokolo is well known for voting a true leader regardless of political parties.
“Politics is more of Brain game, words and work but not inheritance” She said adding that for leaders to bring development there should be a connection.
Irene Amongi Ajwika holds a Bachelor of Art and economic and currently working with NGO as Monitoring and evaluation Manager
In 2023 Dr. Fred Wabwire, the National Population Council Board Chairman, disclosed that 64% of girls in Uganda are engaging in sex before 18 years of age while 34% are marrying before 18 years of age; translating into 1,000 teenage pregnancies average per day in Uganda.
He revealed that a total of 23,000 teenage girls were impregnated in Lango sub-region in one year in 2021, Oyam had the highest cases with 4,448; Lira registered 3,871 cases while Kole recorded 3,186.
Dokolo had 2,363 cases, Kwania registered 2,332; Alebtong had 2,190 and Amolatar registered 1,939 cases among others.