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Missing Peace workshop in Uganda draws 70 African experts on wartime sexual violence; UC Berkeley releases new study on accountability for sexual violence

Kampala, Uganda—As part of a global movement to end wartime sexual violence, morethan 70 legal, health, and law enforcement leaders from six African countries will meet in Kampala, Uganda, August 26–28, to discuss strategies for seeking justice and supporting survivors.

The Missing Peace Practitioners’ Workshop will take up new findings from a groundbreaking, four-country study on conflict-related sexual violence to be launched at the workshop by the Sexual Violence Program of the Human Rights Center, UC Berkeley School of Law. The study, in part, highlights barriers to investigating and prosecuting sexual violence and recommends better training and more funding for the local healthcare workers and police officers on the front lines.

The workshop builds on the UK’s Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict spearheaded by actress Angelina Jolie last summer and the 2013 Missing Peace Symposium in Washington, DC.

"There is so much focus on what the International Criminal Court is or is not doing about sexual violence committed as a war crime, crime against humanity, or act of genocide,” said Kim ThuySeelinger, director of the Human Rights Center’s Sexual Violence Program, “But it’s the nurse at the county clinic or the rural police officer who can actually play a central role in the pursuit of justice, even when the crime violates international law.”

The workshop provides a rare opportunity for frontline responders from Kenya, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Uganda, eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, and South Sudan to collaborate.

“These experts and practitioners are those closest to survivors,” said KettyAnyeko, transitional justice expert with the Uganda Fund. “Their work can be challenging because victims are sometimes unwilling to pursue legal justice—fearing revenge, stigma, or loss of child support.”

Organizers include the Human Rights Center, Uganda Fund—The Fund for War-Affected Children and Youth in Northern Uganda, United States Institute of Peace, the Peace Research Institute of Oslo, and Women in International Security.

“Whether in violent conflict, extremist settings or in domestic sphere, we must create a zero tolerance for this form of violence,” said Kathleen Kuehnast, senior gender advisor at the U.S. Institute of Peace. “Just as the world community outlawed slavery in the 19th century and landmines in the 20th century, we must outlaw sexual violence in the21st century.”

                                    

 

 

With support from the Uganda Fund, the Christian Counseling Fellowship (CCF) is filling a major gap in education for girls in northern Uganda, housing and educating girls and their children on campus at the Pader Girls Academy (PGA). With PGA now an established and reputable institution in the North, CCF is scaling up its efforts to reach more girls in need. The Uganda Fund is pleased to announce that the first phase of construction at Nwoya Girls Academy in completed and the school is now operational. Nwoya Girls Academy has enrolled girls who are the region’s most vulnerable, most of whom suffered sexual violence at the hands of the LRA or in the aftermath of conflict. This vocational school will equip the vulnerable girls with practical skills for self employment and employability and in the end improve their standard of living. This is an exciting development as CCF’s unique and highly successful education model expands! We look forward to sharing news about continued progress at NGA. In the meantime, check out a few photos of the school:

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Opening Date: May 4, 2015

Closing Date: June 5th, 2015

The Uganda Fund is now accepting proposals from community-based organizations operating in Acholi and Lango sub-regions for youth livelihoods projects. The purpose of this grant cycle is to catalyze economic empowerment for youth by providing small grants to youth groups to implement income-generating activities in northern Uganda.

Uganda Fund will select 3 innovative projects to boost youth economic livelihoods in the Acholi and Lango sub-regions. This is a great opportunity to catalyze group income-generating activities. Three grants of $20,000 USD over one year (approx. 60 million UGX) will be funded. Uganda Fund will provide technical assistance, financial management and monitoring and evaluation to ensure sustainability and accountability.

Follow this link to download the Request for Proposals:
http://ugandafund.org/RFP%20for%20Youth%20livelihoods.docx

For more information, contact Lillian Ayaa, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, at guluoffice@ugandafund.org or call +256 790916017

Over the past few months, Uganda Fund's Monitoring and Evaluation Officer Lillian Ayaa has been checking in with previously funded community youth groups and we are thrilled with how the projects have progressed over time. In 2012, Uganda Fund provided funding to support 36 youth groups to conduct livelihood activities in Gulu, Kitgum, Pader, Amuru and Nwoya districts. With small grants around 7,500,000 UGX (US$2,500), the youth groups launched income generating activities such as ox-plough cultivation, poultry keeping, animal rearing, fish farming, horticulture and apiary. 

kica berThe Kica Ber Farmers Group (pictured on left), located in Amuru District Toro Parish, has 16 active members who have multiplied their animal stock and livelihood activities several times over since receiving a small grant from Uganda Fund in 2012. They have even been able to help out another farmers group with the savings from their projects.

The Waken Paco Farmers Youth Group, located in Alero Sub county Nwoya District, bought 69 goats with the original grant. Currently the group has 100 goats. The 25-member group sold off 40 delivered goats and bought 4 cows and an ox-plough for cultivation of a 5 acre group farm. The Acan-Akwo Kwo Ki Lwete Youth Group in Gulu District, Bobi Sub County launched an ox plough cultivation enterprise on a 5 acre piece of land mainly growing cassava and sunflower. Savings from the enterprise is now being invested in the construction of an office space and storage facility, pictured below. Acan-Akwo has a vision for acquiring more land to expand production and to grow pine trees for market.

These may seem like small steps, but they are giant leaps in communities that are rebuilding from decades of war. Youth unemployment is a serious issue in northern Uganda, with some reports suggesting that close to 97% of youth are unemployed.DSCF2769

As contended by the UN’s High Level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change, conditions of high unemployment and low human development amongst youth in the aftermath of conflict can increase the likelihood of a return to violence, and this security risk is compounded by the fact that 40% of post-conflict countries relapse into armed conflict in ten years or less. While there was no clear punctuation to the end of the armed conflict with the LRA, this year will mark the ten-year anniversary of the launch of the Juba peace talks. Northern Uganda is on the verge of overcoming such statistics, but the vulnerability to a return to conflict is heightened by the lack of economic opportunities for youth in the region.

Now is the time for increased investment in the youth of northern Uganda. The Uganda Fund seeks private and public, national and international partners who share our concern and want to give access to young people for educational scholarships, vocational training, and entrepreneurial programs. Please contact us for more information.Acan Akwo group

In late 2014 the Uganda Fund launched a new 3-year initiative, generously supported by the MacArthur Foundation, to provide redress to survivors of conflict-related Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) in northern Uganda through sub-granting to community based and non-governmental organizations to conduct livelihood projects.

With funding from the SGBV project, the Justice and Reconciliation Project’s Women’s Advocacy Network (WAN) is supporting five women’s groups in income-generating projects (IGAs), vocational skills trainings, revolving loan and savings schemes and financial management trainings in order to increase income entering their households, vocational skills relevant to their group IGAs, access to revolving loan and saving schemes and capacity to conduct personal financial management.

Ketty Anyeko, Project Lead, has been out in the field following the progress of one of WAN’s groups, the Kuc Odwogo Women’s Group in Barlonyo-Lira district. Kuc Odwogo means “Peace has returned,” and they are bringing these words to life through their collective farming efforts. Through the production of soya beans and goat rearing, the women are generating cash to help provide for the basic needs of their families and are increasing their economic independence. Kuc Odwongo is one of many women’s groups working towards gender justice through WAN’s advocacy efforts. The Uganda Fund is proud to be their partner and supporter.

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