We, the participants attending the refresher training workshop on Gender Justice held at Garden Inn in Lira Municipality from 16-18 April, 2015 drawn from Acholi, Bunyoro, Lango and West Nile Ecumenical Joint Action Committees (EJACs) of the Uganda Joint Christian Council (UJCC)
Having reviewed the implementation of the Gender Justice Project launched by UJCC in September, 2014 in our respective regions,
Noting that gender based violence is widely practised in all communities and has a negative bearing characterised by wrangles in families, break-up of marriages and deaths,
Noting that the radio is an important tool for disseminating information about the harmful consequences and dangers associated with gender based violence and gender based discrimination,
Further noting that the radio is an important tool for mobilising stakeholders including communities, groups and individuals in the fight against gender based violence and gender based discrimination,
Considering that church leaders have a vital role to play in promoting love, equality, respect for human dignity, peaceful co-existence and reconciliation among the people,
Further considering that the laity (women and men, boys and girls) through their associations such as Mothers’ Union, Women’s Guild, Fathers Union, youth groups and others have an important role to play in fighting gender-based violence and gender based discrimination in our communities,
And considering the importance of proper planning, networking, and communication in enhancing the fight against gender based violence and gender based discrimination,
Do hereby make the following undertakings:
- We shall fully cooperate with UJCC Secretariat in implementing the gender justice project in our respective regions.
- We urge every participant to write and share a report on the refresher training workshop with his or her diocesan bishop with a copy to the Regional EJAC Chairperson.
- We urge every participant to explore ways and means of involving church leaders, both clergy and laity at all levels, in the fight against gender based violence.
- We call upon UJCC Secretariat to explore ways and means of extending the Access to Justice Programme to all other regions.
- We urge every participant to advocate for the following:
Giving project implementers the opportunity to talk to the clergy and various church groups about gender justice project in general and gender based violence in particular.
- Use of the pulpit for purposes of disseminating information about gender based violence and gender-based discrimination and mobilising communities, groups and individuals to confront the scourge.
- Integration of gender issues in all diocesan programmes with technical input from the relevant departments,
- Setting aside a special week for campaign against gender based violence by the respective diocesan Bishop.