How Ugandan First Lady helped her daughters marry as virgins
Ugandan First Lady Janet Museveni kept her daughters virgins until marriage by using traditional African way of bringing up a girl child.
“I made all my daughters to sign ‘true love waits’ cards and they would abstain from sex until the wedding night (when) they (would) produce these cards to their spouses,” she said, adding that “this can be achieved even today”.
Janet Museveni said this in Kyenjojo District during the commemoration of the Day for the Girl Child recently.
She added: “That is how we, in the past, were brought up by our parents, there was no such immorality like now”.
The day was preceded by a dialogue between stakeholders who committed themselves to protect the rights of the adolescent girls.
Ms Janet Museveni’s daughters include Ms Diana Museveni (married to Mr Geoffrey Kamuntu), Ms Natasha Museveni (married to Mr Edwin Karugire) and Ms Patience Museveni (married to Mr Odrek Rwabwogo).
“Whether a man is big or small, say no and run away, a man can use sweet language to persuade you, don’t allow any man to use you when you are a young girl, not even an adolescent boy, no man should engage you in sexual intercourse until you are married, true love waits,” Janet Museveni reiterated to the adolescent girls.
She said that most young girls in Uganda die while giving birth because their bodies are not yet ready to deliver babies.
Janet Museveni rebuked parents who engage with the rape or defilement suspects to settle cases by receiving money.
“Please, parents, stop asking for money to settle rape or defilement cases. The parent is the biggest stakeholder in the development of the girl child,” she said.
She said in the community where she grew up, the community would collectively help in bringing up the child morally which is not the case today.
“This value has been eroded in our society today but this must be revived,” she said.
Ms Museveni who is also the minister for education later launched the national gender in education sector policy that among others, spells how the rights of adolescents should be protected.
It is expected to provide skills and knowledge equally to both girls and boys.