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Strengthening peace and security, human rights, inclusive democratic processes and the rule of law in Uganda.

MIGHT will amend and promote the sexual offences and related matters bill, 2015, so that it’s passed as a law in Uganda.

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What specific problem(s) are you trying to address?

We will address the challenge of discrimination against vulnerable groups and impunity in Uganda. Many vulnerable groups like women, girls, LGBTI, disabled persons, elderly persons and refugees, among others, are discriminated against, denied justice due to their limited resources, and denied access to health services and information due to the colonial laws that still apply in the country and the non-inclusive bills and laws like the Anti-homosexuality bill, and, Anti-pornography bill (mini-skirt bill), among others. Our opportunity is presented to us by parliament’s failure to review and edit our bill since 2015, thence giving us an opportunity of further developing the bill, to include crimes like genocide and psychosocial support.

What are some of your unanswered questions about the problem(s) you are working to address?

Our questions include the; percentage of deaths caused by unsafe abortions; number of sexual offences and crimes committed, especially against vulnerable groups; number of persons supporting our bill; and, stage in parliament processes that our bill has reached so far, i.e, since 2015, when the bill was presented to parliament for review and editing. Therefore, we want to follow up on our bill in parliament; discover endorsers and partners; and, carry out further research to support the bill.

Explain Your Idea

We drafted the sexual offences and related matters bill, 2015, a bill that protects all minorities against discrimination by making discrimination a crime and proposes new laws that promote and protect victims rights in all environments including war zones. In addition, our bill proposes to establish; crimes against; rape, regardless of the victim’s gender; child pornography; child marriage; female genital mutilation, regardless of the victim’s gender; trafficking in persons for sexual exploitation; and, laws protecting; the right to consent of mentally ill persons, i.e, before medical treatment is administered, includes SRHR; the right to access medical services and information for all survivors of sexual offences, includes SRHR like safe abortion services; and, the right to; access medical services and information; participate in government processes; seek justice; and, general information, without fear or discrimination for all vulnerable groups. However, more developments still need to be added to the bill, since it has only been reviewed and edited by the author. Therefore, our idea will lead to the; reviewing, amending and editing of the bill; organizing regional consultation and endorsement meetings on the bill, contracting legal experts to review the bill, final review and editing of the bill, presenting the bill to parliament, organizing a national meeting on the bill, organizing awareness raising regional radio and national t.v talk shows on the bill. Also see map.

Name the three most important ways that your idea will address your identified problem(s).

-Our idea will, through its activities, raise awareness about the rights of all vulnerable groups and the need to protect their rights in Uganda. - Our bill will, once passed, among others, legalize SRHR rights, criminalize discrimination and protect all vulnerable groups from sexual violence, harassment and stalking, among other offences. - Our bill will, once passed, abolish many of the colonial and discriminative laws within the country that deny minorities the right to equal treatment. For example, discriminative laws in the penal code act of 1950 and the HIV/AIDs prevention and control Act. In addition, our bill will strengthen policies in Uganda that provide for SRHR with legal authority.

How is your idea unique?

Our idea, i.e, the sexual offences and related matters bill, 2015, is the only bill in Uganda that protects the rights of all minorities including sex workers, LGBTI, mentally ill persons, without discrimination. In addition, it is the only bill that provides for the full enjoyment of SRHR, i.e, abortion laws and health services and information on SRHR. Further, once reviewed, amended and edited by our organization, it will be the only bill providing for, among others; national offences like genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes; and, psychosocial services for vulnerable groups. Our bill is the only bill in the country, on issues of sexual offences, that fully meets the provisions of Uganda’s constitution and its regional and international obligations. Lastly, our staff is composed of 2 lawyers who are capable of reviewing, amending and editing the bill with the assistance of legal experts and the Ugandan community at large.

What are some outstanding concerns or questions that you have regarding your idea?

Our questions include the; percentage of deaths caused by unsafe abortions; number of sexual offences and crimes committed, especially against vulnerable groups; number of persons supporting our bill; and, stage in parliament processes that our bill has reached so far, i.e, since 2015, when the bill was presented to parliament for review and editing. Therefore, we want to follow up on our bill in parliament; discover endorsers and partners; and, carry out further research to support the bill.

Who are your end users?

Our bill will benefit at least; 40 million Ugandans and 10 million people, once it’s passed into law by the Ugandan parliament and the president of Uganda. Our bill will, once passed, protect the rights of vulnerable groups in all environments including prisons, war zones, refugee camps and displacement camps, among others, in the country against discrimination and will hold all perpetrators accountable for offences committed. Furthermore, the Ugandan policies on SRHR will be modified, as guided by our bill, so that they are inclusive of all vulnerable groups, and, finally, our idea will also protect the country’s health officials who implement SRHR policies that are against Ugandan laws, thence at risk of being held accountable.

Where will your idea be implemented?

  • Uganda

What is the primary type of emergency setting where your innovation would operate?

  • Natural disaster
  • Armed conflict
  • Prolonged displacement
  • Community at risk of disaster
  • Other

Tell us more about the emergency setting that you intend to implement in

Our idea will benefit all people in emergency settings across the country like refugee camps, displacement camps, disaster affected places and war zones, since the proposed provisions in the bill will provide laws and policies protecting all vulnerable groups in all environments and will create a legally friendly environment in which vulnerable groups will be able to report without discrimination and harassment from responsible officials in police, army and humanitarian missions, among others.

What is your organization's name?

MIGHT Foundation Uganda (Minority Rights Foundation Uganda)

Tell us more about you.

MIGHT Foundation, is a non-profit Ugandan organization that promotes peace, human rights and sustainable development in Uganda. MIGHT has been actively engaged in community matters affecting minorities since 2014 and created the Sexual offences and Related Matters bill, a bill that opposes the Anti-homosexuality bill and Anti-pornography bill. MIGHT was registered in 2016 and continues to actively represent the interests of minorities. MIGHT is composed of three staff members namely; Mpagi Derrick, the Executive Director (lawyer); Kamurungi Daphine, the programme officer (lawyer); and Nabagesera Susan, the accountant. We are seeking for development partners and $12,742.1 for research and review and edit the bill with legal assistance.

Organizational Characteristics

  • Youth-led organization

What is the current scale of your proposed innovation?

  • National - expansive reach within 1 country

Experience in Implementation Country(ies)

  • Yes, for more than one year.

Expertise in Sector

  • Yes, for less than a year.

Organization Location

Our organisation is based in Uganda Address; off Entebbe road, Masajja B zone, Busabala Road, Kampala, Uganda.

What is your organizational status?

  • Registered non-profit, charity, NGO, or community-based organization.

What is the maturity of your innovation?

  • Roll-out/Ready to Scale: Completed a pilot and am ready / in process of expanding.

Website

https://twitter.com/mightfoundation https://www.facebook.com/MIGHTFOUNDATION/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel https://www.linkedin.com/in/might-foundation-235a62141/

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Hi Derrick, there is a section is missing in your challenge, "Explain your idea", we would like to see how or what steps you will take so that the sexual offences and related matters bill to protect the vulnerable groups, is passed in Uganda.

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Thank you, Eunice! Our application is currently updated.