By Alex Balimwikungu
Reach A Hand Uganda and its partners ended the year 2022 on a high note when it organized an event dubbed ‘Kyooto’ (Camp fire chat) in Tooro Palace at Karuzika hill, Fort Portal city.
The camp fire chat was aimed at creating open conversations on how we can address different Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights SRHR challenges that are affecting young people in Tooro Kingdom and neighbouring places.
The Kyooto was a very safe space for the young and old to talk about life issues and tales, cultural activities, and practices that offer young people the freedom and life issues that concern their lives.
It should be recalled that the right of young people to access, enjoy and actively participate in cultural activities and life is guaranteed under international law and the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda under Article 37.
While addressing the young people at the Kyooto, Reach A hand Uganda CEO and founder Humphrey Nabimanya said that working together is one of the avenues through which violence can be a thing of the past.
” We envisage a community where both boys and men are at the forefront of fighting SGBV in families. The young men too need to be taught how to cook, wash and look after a home just as well as the girls are taught”. He revealed.
According to research, “Kyooto” SRHR camp fire chat came at a time when Kabarole district is being challenged by high HIV prevalence rates which is at 14.6%
Queen mother, Best Kemigisa emphasized the power of women ” This is a spring board to the revival of our rich culture and norms. I can’t stop emphasizing the power of women. Let’s embrace education of the girl child as I still believe a woman is actually the backbone of the family” she said while delivering her message to the young people who embraced the event.