It’s 21 March 2022, and it’s International Day of Forests (IDF). How about a glimpse of uncomfortable reminders! Whereas forests cover 31 per cent of the earth’s surface, 32 million acres of forest are lost annually (almost the size of England). And yet; over 300 million people live in forests, 80 per cent of the planet’s terrestrial species live in forests,1 25 per cent of world’s medicine - including cancer-fighting drugs - comes from tropical forest plants, over 70 per cent of world’s total economy is directly or indirectly dependent on trees, and over 40 per cent of the world’s total renewable energy is from wood fuel.
Uganda’s commendable milestones in advancing women's rights politically, socially, and economically, include Uganda's Parish Development Model, which ringfenced 30 per cent of resources towards women's enterprises. But as we commemorate IWD 2022, it is important to recognise several dynamics that must be addressed to achieve the much desired sustainable tomorrow.
TV talk show in commemoration of the International Day for Persons with Disabilities 3rd December 2021.
The Refugee Law Project joins Uganda and the global community to mark the international Day for Persons with Disabilities 2021. The day is being observed under the theme: ‘Not all disabilities are visible’. The forced migration experience makes refugee children with special needs susceptible to trauma, stigma and discrimination, and utter exclusion due to social, economic, and cultural barriers. This limits their full participation on an equal basis with others, and exacerbates their already existing vulnerabilities.
National Theme: Rebuilding Better: Resilient Institutions Key to Covid-19 Recovery.
The COVID 19 Pandemic has affected everyone but disproportionately. The Pandemic exposed the ugly fault lines within our societies and thus reinforced the importance of strong public health services to deliver equitable healthcare. Inequality, marginalization, poverty and other human rights barriers to healthcare dictate who gets infected and who dies and have a devastating impact on vulnerable communities. Limited information on the pandemic and how it evolves among refugee communities in appropriate languages and a weakened legal framework where abuse and discrimination against such vulnerable communities go unpunished is more of condemning marginalized communities to become easy victims of a virus.
July 30th is the World Day against Trafficking in Persons, commemorated internationally under the auspices of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. This year’s commemoration theme - Victims’ Voices Lead the Way - sought to place victims of human trafficking at the centre of the campaign and to highlight the importance of listening to and learning from survivors of human trafficking. The recently released US Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report (June 2021), while commending Uganda’s incremental efforts to fight against human trafficking, still maintains Uganda on Tier 2 Watch List as the Government of Uganda reportedly has yet to meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking-in-persons cases