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Old 07-22-2005, 05:43 AM   #1
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Ugandan MP offers free college for virgins

Ugandan MP offers free college for virgins
Offer reportedly aimed at curbing AIDS; deal only available for girls

Updated: 8:16 a.m. ET July 20, 2005
KAMPALA, Uganda - A Ugandan member of parliament has pledged to reward girls for their chastity by paying their university fees if they are virgins when they leave school, a local newspaper said on Wednesday.

Bbaale County MP Sulaiman Madada said any girl in his district who wanted to take part in the scheme aimed at promoting girls’ education would be given a gynecological examination by health workers to check they were virgins.

“The criterion is that a student must be a virgin and from Kayunga district,” he told the state-owned New Vision.

The MP did not extend his offer to young men.

He urged pupils to manage their lives responsibly, and called on parents to explain the threats from HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.

“Our children should be told the risks they face if involved in early and unprotected sex,” Madada said.

Uganda was once seen as the epicenter of the global HIV epidemic, but a government education campaign has pushed down infection rates to around six percent from as high as 30 percent in some areas in the early 1990s.

Kayunga in central Uganda is home about 300,000 people, and researchers say it has one of the country’s worst AIDS rates, with more than 80 percent of families losing at least one member to the disease.

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Isn't rape a large problem there right now?

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wow, that's appalling. i'm all about using education to help prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS, but this takes that idea way too far.

this is so patronizing and mysogynistic that i can barely see straight. first, university aged females are women, not girls. second, what the hell does it matter whether they've had sex?

using shame and humiliation to keep women in poverty. wonderful.

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