Kampala. Cultural leaders in West Nile have embarked on registering virgins in the region to fight child marriages and inspire the youth to stay in school.
According to Nebbi District culture officer, Mr Hannington Ovona, the initiative is being spearheaded by Chief Ombidi II of Kaal Ker Kwonga, cultural institution in Panyimur Sub-county, Nebbi District.
“The whole idea is to have this youth in drama groups that make them busy. We engage them, explaining the dangers of involving in early sex that has related risks like HIV/Aids. Before one is registered, he or she is checked by a medical officer. In the last couple of weeks, 63 girls and 37 boys have been registered,” Mr Ovona said.
He made the remarks at a meeting organised under the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage project in Kampala recently.
Almost two million Ugandan minors are forced or lured into alleged marriage, according to an African Human Social Development report released recently.