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Image depicting active participation of Girls Not Brides Uganda members at the Annual General Meeting.

The Girls Not Brides Uganda recently hosted its 5th Annual General Meeting (AGM), uniting passionate members and advocates at the Silver Spring Hotel, Kampala. The gathering served as a pivotal platform to discuss and strategize against the pressing issue of child marriages while amplifying efforts to empower young girls across Uganda.

A Collaborative Opening Session

Under the guidance of Mr. Ntenga Moses and Co-chair Ms. Guntesse Catherine, the AGM commenced with impassioned statements, fostering discussions among Girls Not Brides Uganda (GNBU) members. Notably, Magezi Bashir, Secretary of the GNBU steering committee, facilitated the reading of previous minutes, setting the tone for engaged deliberations.

Charting the Path Forward

The heart of the AGM revolved around comprehensive presentations and discussions. Namara Babrah presented the detailed GNBU Narrative Report for the passed year. Mr. Tushemerirwe Lauben’s insights into the financial report. Engaging dialogues ensued, ensuring a nuanced understanding and adaptation of the reports.

A meticulously crafted GNBU Strategic Plan, outlined by a consultant, prompted robust discussions, emphasizing the importance of effective adaptation and implementation among the members.

Collective Contribution and Commitment

Interactive group discussions were at the core of the event. Rallying diverse perspectives and insights for the draft GNBU work plan for 2024-2025. The collaborative spirit among participants shaped a comprehensive work plan, echoing the commitment to meaningful initiatives.

A Unified Vision for Progress

The AGM concluded with a resolute commitment to ending child marriages and empowering girls, solidified by the collective engagement and dedication of GNBU members.

The AGM served as a testament to the power of collaboration and shared determination in tackling challenges. It reinforced Girls Not Brides Uganda’s resolve to create a brighter future for young girls in Uganda.

Members of Girls Not Brides Uganda meeting with the Global Secretariat Team

Girls Not Brides, a global partnership committed to ending child marriage, recently showcased its solidarity by embarking on a pivotal visit to Uganda. Led by Dr. Faith Mwangi-Powell, the CEO, alongside the African regional leadership team based in Nairobi, Kenya, this visit emphasized support for Girls Not Brides Uganda (GNBU) in their relentless efforts to combat child marriage.

Objectives of the Visit

The primary aim of this strategic visit was to demonstrate unwavering support for GNBU, one of the oldest National Partnerships within the Girls Not Brides network. Simultaneously, it sought to underscore solidarity and align strategies to fortify Uganda’s resolve against child marriage.

Solidarity and Engagement

During their time in Uganda, Dr. Faith Mwangi-Powell and the regional leadership team engaged in various activities aimed at fostering collaboration and amplifying the cause to end child marriage. They reaffirmed their commitment to supporting GNBU, forging stronger ties, and offering valuable insights into global challenges and local priorities.

Addressing Challenges and Encouraging Progress

The team’s visit highlighted Uganda’s commendable steps in addressing child marriage, supported by policy frameworks and commitments at local, regional, and global levels. Notwithstanding these advancements, challenges persist, particularly amidst the global impact of COVID-19, which has exacerbated trends in teenage pregnancies and child marriages.

Collaborative Efforts for Change

Dr. Faith Mwangi-Powell and the African regional leadership team engaged in strategic dialogues and engagements with key stakeholders, advocating for increased resourcing of national strategies, better alignment of statutory and customary laws, and the inclusion of civil society voices in decision-making processes.

Future Commitments

As the visit concluded, it reinforced the commitment of Girls Not Brides to supporting GNBU and similar initiatives globally. The collaboration between the Secretariat team and local partners in Uganda signifies a shared vision to create a world where every girl can thrive free from the shackles of child marriage.

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