Let’s Walk Uganda Weekly News Brief For The Period 20th To 30th March 2021

Let’s Walk Uganda Weekly News Brief (20th – 30th March 2021) Happy New Week! Let’s Walk Uganda’s Weekly News Brief is our take on what Ugandan Key Population updates are worth your time. Given the rapidly changing landscape, we decided to make it more widely available. We also aim to keep it smart, efficient; worthy of your time, attention and trust. Enjoy this week’s 10 minute read.

1. Let’s Walk Uganda Against Violence

Let’s Walk Uganda in Partnership with HRAPF conducted an Awareness Session on Domestic Violence for LGBT+ Persons in Makindye through providing relevant information regarding Domestic Violence, Distinguishing Domestic Violence, Sexual Based Violence, Intimate Partner Violence, among others .35 LGBT+ participants took part in the session and gave positive feedback about the things they learnt during the session. The event was funded by FrontLine AIDS.

2. 5 Years Of Kuchu Shiners Uganda

Kuchu Shiners Uganda (KSU) celebrated their 5th year anniversary at their office premises in Nansana, Kampala. To celebrate, they hosted several partner organizations, allies, KSU staff and membership to an HTC outreach with support from Kawaala Health Center. They also had a soap making and crafts exhibition by KSU members.

3. COSF Raid Commemoration

Children Of The Sun Foundation (COSF) called upon all COSF friends and well- wishers to join them as they read a joint statement and launched “The Scar We Carry Event ” 23rd – 30th March 2021. 20 COSF members were jailed one year ago, because of their Sexual orientation for 50 days & 50 nights only for the charges to be dropped later without trial. COSF thanks everyone for the efforts that were input to secure their release from detention .

4. Trans Youth Initiative Sensitization

Trans Youth Initiative held a sensitization training of the police, media, law enforcement officers, health care providers, brothel owners, district officials on the health and human rights of rural transgender youth sex workers and gender diverse youth. This enhanced community support to end violence against rural transgender youth sex workers and gender diverse youth sex workers, improved attitudes to recognize sex work as work and ensure that the health and human rights of sex workers are promoted, upheld and respected. This was all possible with support from Red Umbrella Fund.

5. Sex Worker-Peer Educator Murdered

Its with deep sorrow and heavy hearts that Lady Mermaid’s Bureau announces the death of their peer educator Nakakande Rose. She was murdered in cold blood by a client who stabbed her with a knife earlier Monday morning. Her body was taken to Mulago morgue. Human rights violations against sex workers are up on the rise again. Sex workers’ rights are fundamental human rights. Nobody deserves to lose life.

6. KuchuTimes Media Advocacy Training

With support from Canada Fund for Local Initiatives, Kuchu Times Uganda/Africa TV and Radio wrapped up the Media Advocacy Training with personal reflections and action plans from participants as they brainstormed on how they can work together as individuals and collectively as a team.

7. HRAPF’s SRHR Service Gaps Dialogue

HRAPF held a dialogue with District Health Officials, HIV/AIDS Focal persons and representatives from the LGBT community from Western Uganda to discuss policy gaps in access to SRHR services for key populations Western Uganda. The health officials committed to take requisite steps towards enhancing access to SRHR services of Key Populations in Western Uganda

8. Her Internet Decoding Violence

HER Internet released a handbook titled Decoding Online Violence. The publication is a product of a focus group discussion that was held earlier this year; the group brought together queer women and female sex workers as they talked about what it meant to be a queer being in today’s online world.

9. SMUG Refresher Training

Part of Sexual Minorities Uganda’s work as a network of sexual minorities is advocacy, and to that, they need action-based research. SMUG’s recent “Human Rights Monitoring and Documentation” refresher training kicked off with a review of the laws that guide the human rights process, such as the Ugandan constitution and the universal declaration of Human Rights. Alongside their partners Amnesty Denmark, SMUG learned the need for carrying out action-based research. As “Action without solid research would be foolish and damaging”.

9. OGERA Peer Navigator Training

OGERA Uganda conducted a two days refresher training for their Peer Navigators from different hotspots. This was aimed at strengthening their peer to peer led mechanism through reminding them about their roles and responsibilities, promoting leadership resilience, rejuvenating their energies, updating them about the changing contexts as well as updated information. OGERA also collectively laid strategies on how best they can adopt better practices in regards to creating demand, access and utilization of health and legal services among our community. This great initiative is supported by UHAI EASHRI

10. Ice Breakers Covid-19 Survey

Help Ice Breakers Uganda to complete a survey on how COVID19 has affected our lives in the LGBTIQ community and how to improve service delivery in our spaces. Always remember to wear a mask. Participate here.

11. UHAI Call For Illustrators

UHAI is seeking LGBTQI and sex worker identifying illustrators, visual artists and graphic designers residing in Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. The selected artists will be responsible for artwork and design for UHAI’s print and digital publications. Submit up to 10 images of previous work along with a short application form and brief (1 page) artist bio to vacancies@uhai-eashri.org

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