Advocacy on Human Trafficking
In a drive to promote cooperation with various partners in the area of justice in peace, the center held a number of meetings with various stakeholders, the most notable one was with the Bishop of Kampala Arch-Diocese, Most Reverend Paul Ssemogerere. Discussions were made on the possible ways of cooperation in combating human
trafficking in Uganda. A project proposal titled “Advocacy against Human Trafficking and Support to Survivors” was presented to him for signing. The Bishop signed the proposal and committed himself and the Arch-diocese to cooperate with the Centre in the fight against human trafficking and other areas of justice and peace.
Intervention against the Impact of COVID-19 on Teenage Girls’ Education in Uganda
Africa Faith Justice Network in partnership with John Paul II Justice and Peace Center, Association of Religious in Uganda, (ARU)-JPIC, Uganda Episcopal Conference: Departments of Justice and Peace and Lay Apostolate in collaboration with the Julius Nyerere Leadership Centre, (JNLC), Makerere University, conducted Stakeholders’ workshop from April 27-30, 2022 at John Paul II Justice and Peace Centre. The purpose of the workshop was to ascertain the challenges posed by COVID-19 on the education of teenage girls in Uganda. It focused on understanding the impact of COVID-19 restrictions on the education of teenage girls.
Please read the report of a study that was conducted and discussed during the workshop Report on COVID-19 Teenage Pregnancy
Combating Human Trafficking in Uganda
Human trafficking continues to exist in the shadows and beyond the reach of the law, putting millions at risk. Thousands of children, women, girls and boys are trafficked and enslaved everyday across the globe. Uganda is a source, transit and destination for men, women and children subjected to human trafficking. Children as young as seven years are exploited in forced labour, mining, begging, herding, agriculture, prostitution, among others.
To tackle the above challenge, JPIIJPC in partnership with Uganda Episcopal Conference (Uganda Catholic Secretariat) and Association of the Religious in Uganda (ARU) with support from Africa Faith and Justice Network (AFJN) have been making efforts to combat the practice through advocacy and support the survivors of practice in Uganda. This year, the network have conducted lobbying meeting at Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development and Central Police Station, celebration of St. Bakhita Day at Radio Maria, provision of psychosocial support to survivors of trafficking in need and provision of business skills start-up capital to the survivors.
Curbing the effect of COVID-19 on refugees and host communities.
The Centre, in partnership with Catholic Centre for Legal Aid Services (CCLAS) continues to tackle the effect of COVID-19 on the youth in Bidibidi Refugee Settlement under the project titled “Curbing the effect of COVID-19 on refugees and host communities”. The intervention is being implemented in Zone 3, villages 8-16. The project aims to realize a resilient, legally and economically empowered youths in Bidibidi Zone 3 refugee settlement and host community amidst and post COVID-19 pandemic. A number of activities have so far been implemented this year, which included: Sensitization of students on Gender Based Violence; provision of business start-up capital to young men and women which included grinding mill, retail shop business, goat rearing and cloth selling and provision of legal aid services for 8 impact cases on GBV. The Centre is optimistic that such interventions will help the youth recover fully from the evils created by COVID-19 Pandemic in the settlement and host community.