On a mission to keep girls in school, protect them from sex pests

Ms Abukayo Murunga during a mentorship session with pupils of St Thomas Amagoro in Teso, Busia County in October 2020. 

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What you need to know:

  • A young Teso woman, Ms Abukayo Murunga is out to change the lives of teenage girls confronted with poverty in Busia County who engage in sex in exchange for money.
  • Many have dropped out of school due to early pregnancies, early marriages, lack of guidance by a responsible adult and ill-health resulting from sexually transmitted diseases.
  • She provides information on sexual reproductive health and rights to enable girls (and women) make informed decisions about their sexuality and not fall victims of their own desperation.

While living at a border town often offers lucrative cross-border trade for many people, this is not the case for teenage girls in Busia County.  Snarl-up of long distance trucks is a common feature at the town that borders Uganda.

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