Legal Aid Services
The organization will work in close collaboration with other organizations to provide counseling and legal aid services to needy people in the communities where we operate to increase access to justice.
Human Rights Awareness and Education
We believe that the creation of a human rights culture through education and information is the ultimate and a long-term solution against human rights abuses. Without a widespread culture of human rights, democracy is not by itself a guarantee of respect of human rights.
As JAWCU we strive to eradicate illiteracy through advocating for education for all, this can be achieved toward the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. Human rights education should include peace, democracy, development and social justice, as set forth in international and
Regional human rights instruments, in order to achieve common understanding and awareness with a view to strengthening universal commitment to human rights and Education.
We focus on transmitting “basic knowledge of human rights issues and to foster its integration into public values” based on its philosophical-historical approach. Targeted audiences being the general public with topics including global human rights and more cultural based matters.
JAWCU applies legal and political approach to human rights as incorporated by means of training and networking, covering topics such as court cases, codes of ethics, and how to deal with the media.
Through education we focus on the psychological and sociological aspects of human rights. Vulnerable populations and people with personal experiences, such as women and minorities. Aiming to empower the individual, such as those victims of abuse and trauma. JAWCU is geared towards recognizing the abuse of human rights but is also committed to preventing these abuses for a better tomorrow of the victims.
Research and Advocacy
We identify the community most urgent concerns and engage policy makers and the general public to create awareness among them about these issues and the importance of aligning public policy to address the needs of the community.
We advocate for improved policies and legislation, and scan emerging Government policies and laws and lobby for laws and policies which promote gender equality and are in tandem with International and Regional human rights instruments.
Capacity Building and Economic Empowerment
The organization works to promote equal opportunities for women, the girl child, youth and other vulnerable groups, in order to accelerate socio-economic transformation and inclusive development in Uganda by providing evidence-based livelihood options that puts young people at the center of policy development and advocacy.
With support from Mild May Uganda, JAWCU is currently implementing a project titled “Determined, Resilient, Empowered, Aids Free, Mentored and Safe AGYWs (DREAMS)” 2016 to date.
The DREAMS Initiative is a public-private partnership between the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Girl Effect to reduce the disproportionate level of new HIV infections among adolescent girls and young women in sub-Saharan Africa. Currently, 80% of women and girls aged 15-24 living with HIV globally are in sub-Saharan Africa. Progress made on HIV/AIDS during the last decade has often failed to include adolescents, especially girls. The overarching aim of DREAMS is to foster the development of women and girls to be Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored and Safe individuals with the ability to realize their full potential.
The project aims at contributing to the reduction in incidence of new HIV cases in 42,791 vulnerable, at risk, Adolescent Girls and Young Women 10-24 in five districts of Central Uganda by bringing together evidence–based approaches that address the structural drivers that increase girls’ and young women’s HIV risk in a period of two years. JAWCU is implementing the DREAMS project in three of the five districts which include; Mubende, Mityana and Gomba.
In the project, JAWCU has adopted a business development approach with the ambition of reducing vulnerability among at-risk girl populations in selected districts encompassed under the following components; a) entrepreneurship and business training, b) mentorship and business linkages, as well as c) fostering private sector engagements. In order to increase opportunities for mainstream economic engagement and enhanced livelihoods options for young girls and women, JAWCU has adopted the ‘hands-up’ approach towards increasing chances for out-of school girls to become more economically sufficient and self-reliant as a buffer against slipping into risky sexual behavior.