As many as one in ten girls in Uganda are affected by sexual abuse and exploitation. And girls tell us that this is a real issue for them at work.
Girls and young women are often financially desperate, and jobs are hard to come by. Living in poverty with few options for escape means that these girls are at high risk of exploitation.
Some bosses coerce girls into having sex with them to secure a job, then force them to have sex with customers to keep it. With no other options girls stay in these awful situations, hoping it will get better.
When girls and young women are brave enough to speak out about being exploited, they are often ignored, not taken seriously, or silenced. This has to change. The Ugandan Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development is about to launch an official consultation into the Sexual Exploitation of Girls at Work. This is a huge opportunity to end this awful abuse of power.
Advocating for such a big change can seem daunting, but having support from people around the world is a huge encouragement. You can let Fiona, Farida and Rowlings know that you’re cheering them on and that you stand with them in solidarity.
We’ll share your messages with our youth advocates as they gather signatures locally and prepare to hand the letter – and your signatures of support - in to the Minister of Gender, Labour and Social Development.
Your messages of solidarity meant so much to us – it’s an incredible feeling to know so many people around the world are behind us and really care.
– Sarita and Sabina, youth advocates, Nepal
Authorised by S. Legena, Plan International Australia, 60 City Road, Southbank, VIC 3001