Psychotherapists in the UPDF to spearhead psychosocial and mental health rehabilitation in the Force

By Okot Benard Kasozi (Published 22nd July 2016)

An abridged version of this article was published as the “Letter of the Day” in the Daily Monitor newspaper,  14th July 2016.

It is worrying that, within two weeks, Ugandans experienced two fatal episodes of indiscriminate shootings by UPDF soldiers. These left over 10 citizens dead and others seriously injured at the Makindye Military Police Barracks in Kampala and in Mpumudde in Jinja district.

Dignity has no price tag

By Davis Uwizeye (Published 6th June 2016)

Most refugees & asylum seekers have had their self-esteem crushed and their hopes shattered by the inhumane and degrading acts that they encounter before, during and sometimes after flight, and the last thing they need is someone who spitefully revisits those wounds. 

As assessors at Refugee Law Project we interact with refugees from all walks of life on a daily basis. From our experience we have learned that, whether we are able to meet their needs or not, what really matters most for the majority of our clients is the way we treat them.

Can you hear me?

By Michelle Kharono Barlow (Published 10th June 2016)

This article was originally posted on shellybarlowug.wordpress.com

There was this one game that father and I enjoyed playing when I was much younger. He would stuff a polythene bag with dried leaves and stocks and if we were lucky, a few papers we found here and there to create what I later got to learn was a football. The thrill of running after the ball was more exhilarating than kicking it back to father. Other times he showed me how to make tight knots with rope and rubber to create hunting tools he and I would use to trap animals for food.

Integrate Partner-supported Voluntary Safe Male Circumcision into the fight against HIV and AIDS

By Onen David Ongwech, Programme Manager - Gender & Sexuality (Published 23rd May 2016)

Several decades have passed and scientists still continue to seek durable and workable solutions to HIV and AIDS. As the quest for the cure is still in limbo, several approaches have seen light of the day, including the famous ABC (Abstinence, Be Faithful, use Condoms) strategy.

The ABC approach continues to encounter resistance; Condom use is contested among some faith-based sects while Abstinence and Being Faithful are impractical for some people. In the search for alternative feasible and faith friendly options, advocacy for Safe Male Circumcision (SMC) became pertinent.

Activism & Social Transformation; Does Our Behavior Matter?

By Onen David Ongwech, Programme Manager - Gender & Sexuality (Published 21st April 2016)

Sometimes people and cultures are more impacted by what is done than what is said. I personally find it hard to breathe when, for example, I see police officers walk passed people fighting, when a medical doctor drives past a tragic accident scene, when a community leader organizes a meeting that excludes women, when a child protection officer contributes to the marriage of a 15 year old girl, when a law enforcement officer is arrested for selling drugs, or when a person makes a U-turn upon reaching a cul-de-sac but tells no-one heading in the same direction. These are just a few examples of how some professionals in a range of spheres become complacent and even complicit when confronted with issues that should instead bring out the best in them. 

Using video to change attitudes on sexual violence against men

By Darius King Kabafunzaki & Dieudonne Maganya

This article was originally posted on IDS blog

In May 2015, the Refugee Law Project of Makerere University, together with IDS, embarked on a project that sought to document and understand men’s collective action in response to sexual and gender based violence (SGBV). Unusually, it considered a case in which men’s action is focused on responding to the sexual violence they have themselves experienced, rather than as change agents in attitudes towards violence against women.

WITNESS Talks to Patrick Otim of the Refugee Law Project about Video Archiving

WITNESS Talks to Patrick Otim of the Refugee Law Project about Video Archiving

By Patrick Otim

This article was originally posted on the WITNESS blog

Archiving a large video collection can be a daunting task. However, organizing and preserving footage can help simplify both day-to-day and long-term media advocacy projects. We talked with Patrick Otim of the Refugee Law Project in Kampala, Uganda about his decision to embark on an archiving project.
WITNESS: Tell us about your video collection. What is its approximate scope and size?

Patrick Otim: The Refugee Law Project (RLP) is a human rights organization in Uganda that works on a number of issues including gender and sexuality, mental health and psychosocial wellbeing, access to justice, and conflict, transitional justice and governance.

Ten Years after Guns fell Silent in Northern Uganda, UNEXPLODED ORDNANCE continues to kill civilians in northern Uganda

Ten Years after Guns fell Silent in Northern Uganda, UNEXPLODED ORDNANCE continues to kill civilians in northern Uganda

By Ngomokwe Fred Naome – Social Worker (Published 26th May 2016)

A decade since the guns fell silent in northern Uganda, UNEXPLODED ORDNANCE (UXO) remains a problem. On Tuesday 24 May 2016, as we headed to Lamogi for a

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