Northern Uganda has been in a civil war between government forces and the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) since the early 1990s. Families have suffered from mass attacks, killings, mutilations, and child abductions, in which the LRA has forced boys into fighting, and girls into sexual slavery. During peaks of violence, over 1.6 million were displaced from land and livelihood. Without peace, Uganda has regressed into a low intensity civil war. This is compounded by Uganda's weak human rights record on gender equality. Women endure institutionalized gender discrimination, inadequate access to maternal and reproductive health care, a lack of power within the home, and widespread domestic abuse.
CoACT is a coalition of non-profit organizations which developed from the need to create tangible actions for implementing and raising awareness for United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325. Resolution 1325, on women, peace, and security, recognizes that armed conflict has a disproportionate impact on girls and women. It therefore requires that states provide adequate protection from gender-based violence. CoACT’s mission, in furthering the Resolution, is to empower women and build peace and human security in Uganda, by strengthening the voice of civil society, building a knowledge-base of best practices, and coordinating joint action for the implementation of Resolution 1325.
At the end of 2014, PeaceGeeks was able to partner with CoACT on the ground. PeaceGeeks staff member Ghazal Habib worked with the organization for two months at their headquarters in Uganda. She trained staff on website development and maintenance through PeaceGeeks’ open-source and user-friendly Amani platform, and fostered greater technical understanding among CoACT members. PeaceGeeks also helped develop a logo to represent CoACT’s vision for Uganda.
- Branding Consultations & Logo Design
- Website Development
Ghazal Habib - Project Coordinator - Mona Meysa - Logo Designer
Coalition for Action on 1325 Contributors
Gorett Korumembe - Project Manager - Robinah Rubimbwa - Content Provider