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The Voice Project

[vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1540208248780{margin-top: 100px !important;}”][vc_column][vc_column_text]This project augments ongoing projects in Northern Uganda: Promoting Gender Just Redress for Wartime Sexual Violations in Northern Uganda, and Accountability and Redress for Victims of Sexual Violence in Post Northern Uganda within a Transitional Justice Framework supported by the MacArthur Foundation; and Rights Empowerment in Northern Uganda supported by USAID. These projects are aimed at promoting access to justice for victims of conflict related sexual violence including reparations, promoting land rights and justice for women and advocacy for the passing of a comprehensive transitional justice policy that reflects the voices and concerns of all sections of society in northern Uganda. The project also seeks to respond to an emerging issue in the region; the refugee influx into northern Uganda from South Sudan. It will facilitate access to justice for sexual and gender based violence among the refugee population through sustainable interventions.

The VOICE project is premised upon lessons gleaned and gaps identified during the implementation of the aforementioned projects, including the inadequacy of interventions targeting former abductees to address the needs of their children born while in captivity, limited interventions to address land issues faced by former abductees and children born in captivity and limited agency of the target group in public spaces.

 

The project offers an integrated approach to addressing multiple layers of discrimination faced by the target group especially in relation to livelihood opportunities and aims to amplify voice and power of formally abducted girls and children born in captivity to participate in public spaces and improve access to land rights and livelihoods in Northern Uganda. The project takes cognizance of ongoing policy processes such as the development of the transitional justice and reparations policy with a view of infusing knowledge gained from the project into these processes.

 

The proposed project also seeks to augment the efforts of humanitarian agencies in northern Uganda who are supporting the large refugee population in the region by facilitating access to justice for one of the prevailing perverse human rights issues; sexual and gender based violence.

 

Activities under this project are geared towards promoting the participation and voice of formerly abducted women and children born in captivity in public spaces; strengthening the legal and policy framework protecting land rights for former abductees and children born in captivity; and enhancing access to justice for refugee women and girls who are victims of sexual and gender based violence through community dialogues, media engagement, dialogue with policy makers and regulators, accountability forums with duty bearers, documentation of post conflict oral testimonies of experiences of the target group, training of refugee paralegals and building the capacity of local law enforcement agents to facilitate access to justice for refugee victims of SGBV among others. The interventions will strengthen social support structures for the target group, thereby reducing stigma, fostering reconciliation and peace building.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

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