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JLOS Pilot Project to fast-track the disposal of SGBV Cases: Sensitization and Awareness Drive

9JLOS officials appearing on a radio talk show during the ongoing SGBV sensitization drive (PHOTO: JLOS)  9JLOS officials appearing on a radio talk show during the ongoing SGBV sensitization drive (PHOTO: JLOS)

 

The Justice Law and Order Sector (JLOS) has commenced a radio sensitization campaign to create countrywide awareness for the planned pilot Special Court Sessions targeting Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) cases over the course of five weeks. The initiative, which is supported by the United Nations Population Fund, is part of Government of Uganda's commitment to implement the Maputo Protocol and Kampala Declaration of 2011.

The sensitization campaign is targeting audiences in the 13 selected districts across the country started yesterday in Iganga and will proceed to northeastern Uganda, the north, central and lastly in the southwestern Uganda district of Bushenyi.

The 13 special sessions to fast track the disposal of SGBV cases are due to commence on 12th November 2018 in the High Courts circuits of MBALE, MASAKA, GULU, BUSHENYI, MUKONO, KAMPALA, SOROTI and MOROTO, as well as the Chief Magistrates Courts of NABWERU, LIRA, SIRONKO, KAPCHORWA and IGANGA. At least 1,000 cases are targeted for disposal during the pilot sessions.

On 2nd November the JLOS undertook the training of over 130 stakeholders (Judges, Magistrates, State Attorneys, Advocates and Civil society actors in the management of SGBV Court cases. Key aspects of the training included were trained on November 2, 2018 on the best practices to be used during the planned sessions.

According to Solomon Muyita, the Judiciary Senior Communications Officer, the Justice sector stakeholders such as the judicial officers, Resident State Attorneys and representatives of Uganda Law Society in the targeted districts will take the lead in the awareness drive on radio.

Yesterday afternoon, Judiciary Public Relations Officer, Vincent Emmy Mugabo; Iganga Chief Magistrate, HW Hellen Ajio; Senior Resident State Attorney-Iganga, Ariwala Kizito; and Mr. Muyita,  appeared on a talk show on Eye Radio 94.6FM for the sensitisation. This morning the team is in Mbale with Chief Magistrate Mawanda Ereemye, RSA Noah Kunya taking the lead on Step F.M. 

The media campaigns will run hand-in-hand with the pre-session stakeholder meetings at the various courts.

 

Published: 7th November 2018