Advocacy for Social and Economic Rights

Social and economic rights; including the right to health, education, access to clean water and sanitation, housing and work (or labor) are considered to be more of privileges than rights in the Ugandan context.

This is reflected in the inadequate legal protection for these rights at the domestic level, as well as the attitude of government officials who continue to look at the limited instances where positive steps have been taken to implement social and economic rights as political gifts for which the benefiting community must be grateful.

Our Advocacy campaigns mainly include;

Fighting gender-based violence

Violence against women and girls is rooted in gender-based discrimination and social norms and gender stereotypes that perpetuate such violence. It takes many diverse forms, both offline and online, including domestic violence, sexual violence, early marriages, trafficking in persons. Data on both police-reported violent crimes and national demographic health surveys report that women and girls represent the majority of the victims.

In the fight against GBV, we have focused on seven (7) main areas which are both short and long-term;

  1. Realizing the important role of safe houses
  2. Seeking medical help
  3. Legal referrals
  4. Capacity building
  5. Working with men
  6. Rights training
  7. Acting as an advocate for survivors

Advocating for rights of People with Albinism (PWA)

Although no accurate census exists, statistics from several organizations estimate the population of Persons With Albinism (PWAs) in Uganda to be between 5,000 and 7,000. It is further estimated that over 70% of the PWAs die before the age of 40 mostly due to skin cancer.

In our Country-wide programs, we work with more than 50 children living with Albinism

We are striving to eliminate the widespread superstitions and misleading cultural beliefs about the conditions of PWA. In schools and other learning institutions, students with albinism face additional forms of discrimination and are prevented from equal access to education, either directly or indirectly, from both peers and teachers.

We provide medical supplies including sun glasses, sun screen lotions, hats and support during health treatments. Most PWAs lack access to basic medical care and most do not have the knowledge or money needed to adequately protect themselves.