Human Rights Advocacy project

Reach the Youth Uganda

The Human Rights Advocacy project addressed the abuse and violations of rights of women and children in two sub-counties; Bujumbura and Mugoye and Bugoye and Muhokya sub-counties in the districts of Kalangala and Kasese respectively. The project target groups were duty bearers namely police officers; Crime Investigators, local council leaders, prison officers, religious leaders, school administrators and student leaders in primary and post primary schools.

Advocacy workshops were conducted for influential leaders who are expected to advocate for policy change to promote and protect the rights of vulnerable groups such as women, children and People with Disabilities (PWDs). The project aimed at creating an environment in which women and children’s rights are recognized, respected and protected while the specific objectives were to increase understanding and accessibility to laws and policies that promotes the rights of women and children in the project area; enhance the capacity of community\sub county district child and women protection committee to promote and protect the rights of women and children; build the capacity of law enforcement institutions (at two district levels and four sub counties) to manage women and children’s rights; and further strengthen RTY institutional capacity in project implementation

Overall goal and objectives

Overall goal: To contribute to the creation of a society where women and children enjoy their lives free of human rights abuses and violations.

Objectives

In the next two years, the project objectives will be

Objective 1: To increase understanding and accessibility to laws and policies that promotes the rights of women and children among 210 Councillors/technical staff, 40 teachers, and local technical staff.

Objective 2: To enhance the capacity of 60 district and 40 Sub county Child and Women Protection Committees to and 60 women leaders and 20 CSOs to promote human rights of children.

Objective 3: To build the capacity of law enforcement institutions (40 police and 40 prison warders) at two district levels and four sub counties) to manage women and children’s rights issues.

Objective 4: To further strengthen RTY institutional capacity in Project Implementation.

Strategies

Some of the strategies the project will use to ensure that overall goal and objectives are achieved include
  • Build strategic partnership with line NGOs in the project area so as to strengthen synergies, leverages and the referral system for victims of human rights abuse.
  • Build strong relationships with line government departments and local councillors so as to attract their commitment and support to the project.
  • Provide a hand book with on existing laws and policies on human rights issues related to women and children so that people have access to information.
  • Use radio talk shows to discuss human rights issues and allow communities to call and ask questions and receive feed backs.
  • Create human rights debating clubs so that human rights issues are institutionalized in schools at an early age.
  • Participate and present human rights activities and media supplements during international day celebrations (human rights day, women’s day, child day, day of African child and International AIDS day) to increase awareness about human rights issues and publicity about the project and funding agency.