Former Miss Uganda Oliver Nakakande made history over the weekend by becoming the first black woman to break into the top 30 from finalists of the Miss Universe UAE edition.
Nakakande said that she felt so emotional and humbled to have made it this far.
She added that growing up in Uganda, she experienced a lot of challenges as a girl on issues about adolescence, menstrual health, sex education and violence.
She noted that even up to now in such an era, adolescents are still facing such hardships which has resulted into increased HIV prevalence and consequently premature deaths.
She added that from her research, she found out that many of these are dying due to lack of sex education.
“Out of devastation, I researched about the cause and found out that this problem was caused by lack of sex education and awareness in our local communities.
Since then I have been advocating for girls rights and creating awareness on sex education. Girls have the right to learn about their bodies. Girls have a right to say NO. Girls have the right to contraceptives,” Nakakande posted through her Facebook page.
She went ahead to reveal that through her foundation, she has a number of initiatives to keep the girl child in school.
Nakakande then went ahead to encourage all young girls who look up to her to keep their faith in their dreams by asking them to learn from her on how far she has come from humble backgrounds.