Uganda Case Studies and Testimonies
Case Study 1: Women empowerment in Northen Uganda
Carol Abachi leads Lokokwo Peyot women’s group of Paidwe parish – Bobi Sub County in Gulu district. She is dedicated and self motivated in leading the women in her group and other aspiring women in her community. She helps the women fight injustice and abuse. Carol is an ACORD beneficiary of various trainings, these include business management skills, women empowerment , counseling, group dynamics and peace building. She has also participated in other trainings and development activities aided by government and development partners. Due to her dedication, commitment and passion for women rights, she was appointed by the Sub County Chief as a member of the Sub County Human Rights Protection and Promotion Committee, whose mandate is the promotion and protection of human rights through monitoring, documenting and reporting human rights injustices. (Photo) Abachi Carol- Loko kwo Peyot women group leader (Paidwe parish Bobi Sub County)
As a result, Carole has handled 178 cases including 98 domestic violence cases, 22 rape cases, 19 defilement cases, 34 child neglect cases and 5 early child marriages in 2011 and 2012. Furthermore she was also appointed as member of the Sub County Orphans and Vulnerable Children Committee (SOVCC) by the Chief Administrative Officer of Gulu Local Government. This elevated her status in the community giving her an opportunity to influence and participate in the planning, implementation and monitoring of activities for orphans and other vulnerable children in the district.
Carol continues to be instrumental in networking and has supported the linking of her groups to other development programmes such as NUSAF II, NAADS and similar organizations such as African Women Economic Policy Network which aims at empowering women to participate and access development programmes. Carol was also selected as a GBV(Gender Based Violence) focal point person by War Child Canada to lead women groups in Paidwe parish and six other sub counties to promote and protect Human rights. Carol attributes her success to ACORD for enabling her realize and utilize her potential.
Case study 2: Involving youth in livelihoods activities promotes peace building in communities
In selected sub counties in Gulu district, ACORD mobilized youth to engage in various livelihoods activities in an effort to increase their income generation and increase their participation as peace makers within their communities. The youth were trained on business management skills coupled with business ideas aimed at increasing their incomes. ACORD also distributed maize and ground nut seeds to different youth groups who were interested in crop farming. Other income generating activities started by the youth included bee keeping and forming village Savings and Loans Associations with guidance from ACORD.(Photo)Youth group showing their maize garden during a support visit.
ACORD’s intervention saw the formation of youth groups who were also trained to support in other development activities such as counseling and community mobilization and sensitization through dance and drama. In Pajule Sub County, the Psychosocial youth group planted eight acres of maize while Waneno Anyim youth group in Latanya sub county planted six acres of maize. Waneno Anyima youth group also made 10 beehives that already have bees and look forward to making honey for sale.
Case study 3: Promoting Peace in Families – A story of one peace committee member
Anaka Sub-County is one of the project sub-counties in Nwoya District in Northern Uganda characterized by high conflicts such as land wrangles, sexual gender based violence mainly due to increasing alcoholism. This case study highlights the contribution of Santa to a peaceful co-existence of men and women in Ywaya parish in Anaka Sub County.
Santa a woman Councillor in Ywaya Parish
also works as a Committee member in Anaka Sub County. Being a woman Councilor,
Santa had previously involved in mediation to solve conflict at community
level. Santa received training in peaceful resolution of conflict,
understanding and managing sexual gender based violence among other skills to
enhance her capacity address conflict at community level. Santa’s
capacity has been built to facilitate community trainings and dialogues in
order to sensitize community members on conflict and conflict resolution,
sexual and gender based violence, women rights and land issues among others in
order to help prevent conflict in their communities. (Photo) Santa Counicillor in Yawha Parish
Santa continuously monitors her clients through monitoring visits to establish the progress made and guiding them on possible referral path ways in case of poor progress and criminal abuses such as rape and defilement. Santa has intervened in solving various community conflicts which has given her an opportunity directly and closely interact with survivors, victims and perpetrators of violence in the community. Given the period of community work, Santa has gained more popularity trust among the community members through exercising fairness, integrity and justice in her work.
Atim (married with four children) is one of the women supported by Santa to transform her violent relationship with her husband into a peaceful marriage for all of them. Atim previously suffered physical and psychological abuse at the hands of her husband Mr. Okidi who frequently beat her and used vulgar language to insult her even in the presence of their children. Mr. Okidi stayed out late in public joints to drink and later beat his wife whenever she cautioned him about how unsafe it was for him to continue coming home late. The gradual journey to the transformation of Atim’s violent marriage into a peaceful home came when she ran to Santa’s home with her four children for safety from her abusive husband. Santa intervened into Atim’s case by first individually educating them on conflict, rights abuses focusing on causes, consequences and preventive means. Finally the husband acknowledged his mistake and the two were sensitized about peaceful co-existence. The couple happily stays together and continues to receive support from Santa through continuous monitoring. “Ever since the mediation on peaceful co-existence and respect for Human rights and the consequences of abuse, My husband no longer stays out late to drink; we sit and talk to solve problems and he has not beaten me since!I cannot believe this is happening my husband is really changing!” added an excited Atim during one of the monitoring visitSanta has intervened in solving various community conflicts which has given her an opportunity directly and closely interact with survivors, victims and perpetrators of violence in the community. Given the period of community work, Santa has gained more popularity trust among the community members through exercising fairness, integrity and justice in her work.