Uganda continues with it’s ‘innovative’ ways of managing and preventing HIV/AIDS. The first idea was to bribe young girls and women with "incentives such as certificates and other gifts" in exchange for sexual abstinence until marriage. Now Ugandan MP Sulaiman Madada has come up with an extension of this by offering virgins free university education.
The call for abstinence in fighting HIV/Aids is backed by religious groups and Uganda’s first lady Janet Museveni, who supports a campaign for young Ugandans to pledge abstinence until marriage.
Only girls in Kayunga district who pass a virginity test will qualify for the bursary, which will start next year.
This is an excellent way to teach young women about how to exchange power over their bodies for material and monetary gain. The young girls will be required to take virginity tests in order to qualify for the burseries and presumably the tests will continue throughout their university courses. Of course young men will not have to undergo any humiliating medical examinations of their genital regions nor will they be subject to moral dictades by the reactionay religious zealots out there. Another highly offensive gender biased policy.