- Mutuuzo says that dowry keeps women in abusive marriages.
- Because of dowry some women get married for property not love.
The State Minister for Gender and Culture Peace Mutuuzo insists that some cultural activities such as paying dowry have continued to keep women and girls in abusive marriages.
Minister who was speaking during the National Symposium on the Welfare and wellbeing of a Girl Child organized by Action Aid international Uganda, explains that after paying dowry, some men assume that they have bought the girls which makes it easy for them to mistreat them.
She adds that the payment of dowry also makes some women and girls inferior to the extent that many of them comfortably stay in such oppressive marriages.
The policy of paying dowry denies one to marry for a right purpose which is love but rather marries for property ,Mutuuzo said.
Hon Mutuuzo asked parents to consider financially supporting their children as they get married so that they stabilize their new marriage and live happily more than putting men on pressure to pay dowry.
On his part the Country Director for ActionAid international Uganda Xavier Ejoyi revealed that there is a need to prioritize girl child programs to address the wide range of challenges and obstacles that have continued to make girls more vulnerable.
Ejoyi stated that cases like defilement ,teenage pregnancies among others are on a rise in the country and have continued to keep women behind ,he went ahead and called for double efforts from all stakeholders to fight against such vices.
Meanwhile new reports from the UN population fund show increased cases of defilement and teenage pregnancies in Uganda. They indicated that a total of 354,736 teenage pregnancies were registered in 2020, while 295,219 teenage pregnancies were registered between January to early September 2021.
Ejoyi also said that there is the need to invest in data for decision makers to be guided on how and where to intervene so that the above challenges are easily addressed.