When Sandra Wobusobozi visits rural communities in northwestern Uganda, she often goes alone—armed only with educational brochures and a beat-up motorbike. As a staff member of the Lake Albert Children Women Advocacy Development Organization (LACWADO), Sandra jets between remote areas, training and collaborating with community members to tackle issues ranging from domestic violence, to child marriage, to corporate land grabs. Despite her young age, Sandra’s presence in the communities LACWADO serves is vital to the group’s success.
At the Fund, we know that true equality for women and girls means strong, locally-rooted women’s rights activism that disrupts power structures and cultural norms—some of which are centuries old—that relegate women to second-class status. In every region in which we work, we support talented women and men who are committed to changing this status […]
“Sasa!” That’s the rallying cry from men and women in Uganda’s capital city reaching out to their communities to prevent domestic violence against women. Literally translated, “sasa” means “now” – and that’s when Tina Musuya and her organization, Centre for Domestic Violence Prevention (CEDOVIP), believe gender-based abuse must stop. More than half of women in […]
Fund grantee Refugee Law Project (RLP) hosted and collaborated with Scottish artists Joanna Wright and Peter White to raise awareness and memorialize areas that had been affected by the Lord's Resistance Army. Taking them to Gulu and Kitgum in northern Uganda, RLP connected the artists with communities that had been affected by the LRA, and helped them to interact with community members organically. Rural Ugandans, RLP says, were eager to share stories of how they were rebuilding their lives, and gave the two a glimpse into what peace in the area had come to look like.
Over the past several years, internationally engaged foundations have faced unprecedented challenges from governments around the world. This is just one element of the ‘closing space’ or the ‘disabling environment’ for international philanthropy. Whatever you name it, there are forces at work that are challenging the very existence of civil society.
Life imprisonment for same-sex relationships—that is the discriminatory punishment Uganda’s president approved when he signed the Anti-Homosexuality Act into law in February 2014. Due to its far-reaching provisions that penalized “promoting homosexuality,” the law also restricted public dialogue and activism, health service provision, and the funding of groups that fight for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) rights.
The Fund currently supports over 100 organizations in six different countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. We’re currently working in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone in West Africa, and Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Uganda in the African Great Lakes. Over a decade of grant-making in Sub-Saharan Africa has shown us just how critical human […]
Namusobya Salima Executive Director of Fund Grantee Initiative for Social and Economic Rights is published in the Health and Human Rights Journal. Read her article on health rights litigation in Uganda.
The Fund identifies organizations that are leading the charge for protection and enforcement of human rights, building on-the-ground demand for change, and feeding into global efforts to press for equality, justice and accountability. Here are a few of our grantees’ accomplishments from 2013.