• Advocacy & Networking
CSF is at the forefront of working towards securing rights for vulnerable sexual and religious minorities in Uganda. We work with the minority communities, providing education and training to enable them to claim their rightful place in society.
We lobby the Ugandan government alongside and on behalf of minorities. We compile and publish authoritative reports that are widely valued by academics and journalists, while pioneering legal cases for advancing the protection of minorities in Uganda under international law.
Our work offers overwhelming evidence that the inclusion of minority communities leads to stronger, more cohesive societies. We strongly believe it is clear that exclusion can result in instability and conflict.
Our overall strategy includes:
– Participation in local, national, regional and international networks of human rights activists to implement informed, collaborative, and strategic advocacy programmes.
– Promotion of exchange programmes between national activists, educators and community leaders.
• Mobilizing Community Defenders of Rights of Minority Groups through participating in Local Governance in Kabarole, Western Uganda
Project works towards promotion of human rights through promoting efforts of Human Rights Defenders. With funding from The North-South Centre of the Council of Europe, project utilize strategies of communication, lobbying, education and sensitization are utilized to encourage individuals to participate in the local council systems in Kabarole district with a view to curtailing gross human rights abuses by communities and the local government leadership.
These are therefore instrumental in acting as watch dogs for human rights abuses and violations of people’s rights as well as involving them in sensitizing fellow community members about general human rights, and the minority group’s rights.
• Civic Education
Youth Sensitization on Land Reform in Uganda
Uganda has in the recent past witnessed a rise in conflict as a result of numerous evictions of individuals from their land. To curb this situation, government has made changes to the laws that govern land ownership in the country through the Land Act (2010); effectively amending the Land Act of 1998.
However, there has been very limited public education about the existing land laws or even the proposed amendments leading to distortion of facts which has provoked more public opposition to the proposed changes.
CSF obtained funding from Open Society Institute (OSI) through the Youth Action Fund, and this project provided information to local communities on how to regularize ownership of their land through appropriate strategies of Information Education and Communication so as to enable the public take advantage of the positive existing laws.
Through targeting youth leaders in our project area, Sensitization Focus Groups have been formed and then be organized and motivated to form information centers for land matters and referral systems for individuals who may require specialized professional advice so as to ensure continued information flow and follow up even after the activity implementation.