Married during Uganda’s COVID-19 lockdown, Masiko returns home and is determined to follow her dreams

Photo: Hope Nankunda

In the time it has taken to read this article 35 girls under the age of 18 have been married

Each year, 12 million girls are married before the age of 18

That is 23 girls every minute

Nearly 1 every 2 seconds

About the author

Hope Nankunda

Hope Nankunda leads the team at Raising Teenagers Uganda, working to promote girl child education and contribute to ending child marriage in the country. They mainly focus on creating safe spaces for young people to open up and speak about the issues affecting them, both at school and at home. Their School Clubs have continued to support girls through the COVID-19 pandemic, though they have not been able to meet with girls as often due to lockdown and school closures.