All is set for this year’s hiking event in Rwenzori Mountains, Western Uganda, organized by Raising Teenagers Uganda in partnership with various organizations like Girls Not Brides, and many others.
The purpose of this event is raising awareness to break the stigma around menstruation, a challenge faced by girls and women in different parts of Uganda.
It is reported that many girls in mountainous regions face a lot of challenges including the menstruation stigma, which force them out of school, and campaigns like mountain hiking are focusing on making it possible for girls to keep in school and realize their education dreams.
This annual event, according to Mrs. Hope Nankunda, a girl child champion and team leader at Raising Teenagers Uganda, is one among many ways of advocating for the rights of girls to education and keeping them in school.
“We are also aiming at sensitizing communities about the benefits of keeping girls in school and end child marriages. This year we are supporting girls in the Rwenzori mountainous region. Some parents thought that marrying off their girls after P7 is okay, but our program has changed their thinking are now doing their best to keep their girls in school and complete their education.” Says Mrs. Nankunda
The campaign started in 2017, when it attracted 40 hikers to Mt. Muhavura in Kisoro, 50 to Wanale in Eastern Uganda, and this year, over 60 hikers are expected to turn up for Mt. Rwenzori.
Participants in the hiking event are expected to contribute 350,000(Three Hundred Fifty Thousand Ugandan Shillings), which will cater for accommodation for two nights, transport, hiking fees, and a contribution towards the buying of sanitary pads.