Uganda Reacts for Kony2012: #Uganda2012 using their own funds, a small but motivated group of Ugandan media makers moved beyond Hashtags and went to the ground in Northern Uganda to tell stories of a community recovering from decades of war.
The film Uganda Speaks Against Kony2012 was produced. The film harnessed the creative energies of Ugandan filmmakers, photographers, activists, writers, poets and artists to tell the REAL story of Joseph Kony’s tragic legacy in Northern Uganda and documented the work of many Ugandans who have worked tirelessly to rebuild the region.
Internet Freedom and Online Safety in Uganda:
In 2014, as part of Speak Out Uganda, a team conducted a survey to map needs and threats that activists in Uganda face as they exercise online freedom of expression. This research covered trends in Internet use by activists, bloggers and journalists, what they perceive as threats to online and offline freedom of expression in Uganda. This survey was carried out both on and offline between November 18 and December 25, 2013. (Download report here Add report)
Causes we supported
On 24th September, 2013, Youth Affairs Minister Ronald Kibuule was recorded and quoted in national media saying that women who dressed indecently are asking to be raped and suspects who have raped such women should be released.
We supported a Petition that called for his resignation. Minister Kibule was promoting hating speech against women and calling for their rape. We had a minister calling for the law to turn a blind eye to rapists. He was promoting stigmatisation of victims of rape instead of calling for justice. As a minister for youth he had failed miserably in a country where 600 children are raped every month according to AMPCAN. In 2011 alone, the Uganda Police recorded 7690 defilement and rape cases.
Although Kibule remained in his position, Ugandans used the ##KibuuleMustResign on twitter and Facebook to voice their concerns. Over 1300 people signed the petition to Speaker of Parliament and this backlash brought government speak on the issue. Women’s rights groups took up the matter. This showed that there’s a movement of Ugandans who will no longer watch by as government officials do as they please.
On June 25, 2012, two villages of Bunakasala and Bunamulembwa in Bududa district were buried when a part of the hill gave way in an afternoon downpour. Fifteen houses were buried and 8 people died I these villages on the slopes of Mt.Elgon. Many Ugandans living on the slopes of Mt: Elgon are vulnerable to landslide due to increased population pressure on the land and deforestation. Scientific reports suggest that global climate change has and continues to affect rainfall patterns in East Africa, with many areas seeing an increase in extreme and unexpected rainfall.
UgandaSpeaks team rallied Ugandans using social media to donate to families who were left displaced by the landslides. We organized Ugandans on Twitter via #TweepsHelpBududa to help survivors of the landslides. Two weeks after the landslides, we took a van, which was generously availed by Aramex, full of clothes and blankets, basins and other relief items which Ugandans mostly in Kampala contributed. Add links:
In July 2013, two Ugandan journalists; Hillary Ayesiga and Justin Dralaze, a video journalist were arrested by South Sudan Authorities. We took part in the campaign calling for their release from detention at the National Security Headquarters in Juba.