About Me: I am a 24 years old Female, Ugandan and Langi by tribe, i come from the northern part of Uganda. i am doing a bachelors degree in Mass Communications. I have been volunteering with Straight talk foundation for 3 & half years. i do a radio programme that targets the young people in northern Uganda. I love meeting and making new friends. I am sociable, kind, caring and love listening to people. I have been doing Focus group discussions and sharing more about the pressing issues that are affecting the young people especially revolving around their reproductive health and other social issues. i host talk shows that also help the young people speak out their minds.

My Passions: I love making new friends, reading, watching movies, outing, shopping, sharing and above all doing volunteery work for the needy.

My Challenges: I easily trust people

My Vision for the Future: Want to create an impact in people's lives not just an impression.

My Areas of Expertise: Handling Focus group discussions, counseling, interviewing, public speaking.

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While doing a Focus group discussions i noticed that many of the young people especially in the developing countries do not have the opportunity to express themselves. The influence of peer pressure is what they have got to make their decisions, unfortunately in most cases the peers usually do not have much solutions to their questions and problems. The future belongs to those who are ready for it, and the preparations begin now............creating an impact in someone's life.

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It is so interesting how people take advantage of the young people, last month I interviewed a young girl on sex and gifts and this was her story...

Guest: My name is Acen Monica Molly I am student of Aculbanya SS I am in a STC in this school and I am happy to be part of this show. Colline: You are welcome Monica to LAK, Colline Atala is my name your host, eeeh you are looking so good and beautiful, what do you do to look good? Guest: Hahahaha, thank you very much Colline, well there’s nothing much I do to look good, I am just blessed that I naturally have a baby face maybe that’s why I look beautiful and maybe because I wash my face all the time. You are also looking good and thank you very much for the show I listen to it on Rhino FM. Colline: Thank you very much for always being part of the show, now that you are the sharing for us today especially on gifts and sex. Guest: Yes, I have a story on gifts and sex; right now I am in S.3, when I was in S2. Second term I used to have a guy who was our neighbor he used to buy me gifts and he would say I am very smart can you imagine even when I feel I am not smart he would tell me that. So he kept on buying me more gifts he would buy me sweets, clothes, he bought me a gift on Christmas day, then on the new year’s eve he asked me to have sex with him. I refused, he kept on requesting but when he noticed that I was not going to accept he stopped buying me the gifts and I didn’t mind. I want to tell my fellow friends that we should be very careful of those people who buy us gifts and think that in turn they have sex with us, we are not popcorn to be tested so let’s watch out.

Sometimes people think that giving out gifts is the best strategy to use someone, but let's learn to give from our hearts and spare the innocent souls.

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In most cases when people hear the word ''Stigma'' we only think about HIV and Aids but we think little about stigma faced by people who are going through gender based violence. This is violence that is attempted or committed using manipulation, intimidation, threats, or force based on his or her gender roles, expectations, privileges or limitations. Gender based violence might be physical, sexual, emotional, or social in nature. There are so many examples of gender based violence as follows; • Domestic violence[ physical abuse between partners] • Rape and marital rape[ any forced or unwanted non-penetrative sex] • Sexual abuse [ any forced or unwanted non-penetrative sexual contact] • Sexual exploitation [ offering money, protection, clothes, or other items in exchange for sex] • Forced marriage • Discrimination or denial of opportunities and services based on gender. After looking at all the types of the gender based violence faced in our communiities, we get to realize that some times the people in the community cause stigma among the victims of gender based violence. The acts of GBV are committed due to assumed unequal power relationships. A person believes that he or she has more power or rights than another human being and can therefore misuse his or her power to hurt someone else. Gender based violence affects both boys and girls, some of its consequences are • Sexually transmitted infections/ HIV • Injuries • Death • Unplanned pregnancy • Changes in sleep and appetite • Nightmares • Withdrawal from peers and social activities • Social stigma, Let us also see why stigma on GBV exist in our communities, you find that anyone who blames the victim of GBV creates stigma. Community members may not always understand or be aware of the causes and consequences of GBV, therefore, members of the community may do harm to a survivor without realizing it or intending to harm. For example if we point fingers and blame a survivor for her clothing or her location at the time of the GBV incident, this means we are creating stigma. But I am also glad to let you know that we can stop stigma in our communities by realizing that the survivor did not cause the perpetrator to harm her or him or forced her or him into sex, or which ever assault, together we can make a difference.