Youth Empowerment

Quick facts about the Youth

Teenage Pregnancy & Health Risk Behaviors

Teenage pregnancy

  •  One in four teenage girls in Uganda age 15-19 have had a child or are pregnant.
  • 42% of all the pregnancies among adolescents in Uganda are unintended.

Health risk behaviors

  • 22% of adolescents have ever had sexual intercourse.
  •  10% of the sexually active adolescents aged 15-19 years had their fi rst sexual encounter before age 15.

HIV/AIDS & Family Planning

HIV/AIDS

  • 94% of adolescents are aware about HIV.
  • Only 43% adolescents have ever tested for HIV.
  • Every year 9,600 young people aged 15-19 years are newly infected with HIV. 
  • 66% of all the new HIV infections are concentrated among adolescent girls.

Family Planning

  • 49% of the sexually active adolescents used a contraceptive method the last time they had sex.

Obstetric Fistula & Child Marriage

Obstetric Fistula

  • 1% of girls age 15-19 have experienced obstetric fi stula.

Child Marriage

  • 10% of women age 20-24 married by age 15.
  • 40% of women age 20-24 married by age 18.

Gender-Based Violence & Employment

Gender-Based Violence

  • 60% of adolescents 10-19 years have experienced physical violence, 42% emotional violence and 10% sexual violence.
  • 1% of girls 15-19 years are circumcised (Female Genital Cutting).

Employment.

  • 64% of the young persons aged 15-29 years in Uganda are in some form of employment.
  • Among the working population aged 10-24 years, 54.3% are females and 55.1% are males.
  • 15% of youth in school are also engaged in employment.

Poverty & School Attendance

Poverty

  • 10.9% young males aged 10-24 are heading households.
  • 38.5% of young people aged 10-19 live in the two poorest wealth quintiles.
  • 19.6% of young people aged 10-19 live in households where the head of household has no education.

School Attendance

  • 78% of young people aged 13-18 years are currently attending school.
  • 10% of the 6-12 year olds have never been to school.

Residence, Population Growth & School Dropout

Residence

  • 80% of Uganda’s youth live in rural areas. One out of four young people age 10-24 reside in urban areas.
  • Dependency Ratio Uganda’s dependency ratio is 103. Per 100 working age adults in Uganda, there are 103 dependents.

Population Growth

  • Uganda’s annual population growth is 3%, meaning 1,200,000 Ugandans are born every year.

School Drop out

  • 22% of adolescents age 13-18 have left school.