We should not need a reminder that 31 per cent of modern diseases are a result of deforestation, nor another reminder from Franklin D. Roosevelt that “A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forest are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people”. We are at a crucial time to check our consumption of forest products and re-write the history in making bold efforts to grow trees and protect all forest-related resources. It is estimated that forests have the potential of lifting one billion vulnerable people out of poverty and can create 8 million green jobs. If you believe that your children and future generation deserve a much better future, then may this day propel you to make deliberate efforts to do what you can, from where you are, and with what you have!
Let’s face it; some people are gifted and experienced in using words that can easily drain your energy and vitality. Keeping such people around you is nothing but spoiling your moments. Instead of fighting back, use your valuable time meaningfully. Take charge of your life and mute negative people and negative energy. If you agree with the audio mixer analogy, then from today, have control over what you hear, and decide on those that inspire and lifts your spirit, and mute people who add no value to your life. Remember if you keep them making noise, they can easily destroy you!
Dear Reader, Herein, I bring to you a copy of press statement released by Refugee Law Project on March 8, 2021, as the world held its 44th commemoration since the UN officially recognised International Women's Day (IWD) in 1977 to recognise achievements in the struggle for women's empowerment and gender equality. Since the historic UN Security Council Resolution of the 32nd regular session of the United Nations General Assembly in 1977, March 8 has become an important day in modern history when it comes to the struggle for gender justice. From its first commemoration in Uganda in 1984 (pioneered by then first lady Miria Obote) IWD has evolved considerably.
This piece explores the dynamics of working from home. It argues that 'Work' went 'Home' at a time when Home wasn’t prepared to receive Work, yet. As such, whereas Work and Home are currently quarantined together, the two are having trouble forging a progressive relationship and peaceful co-existence. The duo sees each other with resentment, anger, and frustration; Home wondering when the uninvited guest will bid farewell. Also, ‘Work’ wonders why our grandfather continues to play games of ‘lock-unlock-lock…’ making the stubborn visitor, who could easily drive back, to wait for Government masks.
Achieving meaningful social co-existence begins with our readiness to embrace diversity, and in championing creative ways of addressing injustices - including unleashing head-on approaches depending on the situation. Progress in businesses, household harmony and professional growth largely depend on how we treat the less privileged, underpaid, and the less qualified personnel who are often ignored and sometimes treated as if they are lesser human beings.
Deeply concerned about the psychological impacts of COVID-19 on individuals, their families and communities in general, Uganda Counselling Association in partnership with Sanyuka TV deemed it necessary to dedicate a moment to discuss the associated psychological stress of COVID-19 and the resultant lockdown in Uganda. Hosted by Hatmah Nalugwa Sekaaya during #MorningXpress on 1 April 2020, Uganda Counselling Association was represented by Sarah Kalyowa, a seasoned Counsellor and General Secretary of Uganda Counselling Association.
In the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, and the fact that all Uganda’s neighbours with the exception of South Sudan have reported confirmed COVID-19 cases in the last 48 hours, UCA and RLP have made the decision to postpone the 16th Annual Counsellors’ Conference on the theme “Attaining a Healthy Mind in a Healthy Body: Focus on Forced Migration, Mental Health and Gender” that was scheduled for March 25-27, 2020.
This video is a compilation of photos taken during the commemoration of the UN Day in Support of Victims of Torture on 26 June 2019 where the late Med Kaggwa was present and delivered a moving speech calling on all actors to fight torture. Mr. Med Kaggwa (RIP) fought a good fight in the promotion of and defending rights for all in and out of Uganda. May his soul rest in eternal peace!
The article throws light on the contentious debates surrounding the question whether women are doing enough to support fellow women in the empowerment struggle to attain their full leadership potential. The article also explores some ways that may be used to address the challenges that hinder refugee women and girls from achieving their full leadership potential.
This briefing paper follows RLP's participation in the commemoration of the Day of the African Child (June 19) under the theme "Humanitarian Action in Africa: Children's Rights First" during which we organised two roundtable discussions - one with children and the other with adults caretakers to discuss key issues related to the theme of the day.