The organisation is committed to conducting evidence based research and advocacy aimed at improving the governance and human rights standards in Uganda. Several projects and activities have been developed in the following areas;
TACKLING GENDER BASED VIOLENCE IN MUSLIM COMMUNITIES
Under this project, our activities involve establishing the primary and secondary causes of gender based abuse in Muslim families and working with the community, mainstream agencies and policy makers in educating, preventing and eradicating all forms of domestic or gender based abuse.
We work with grass root communities and institutions across Uganda through the following activities:
Grass root communities
- Education and awareness campaign reaching the hard to reach communities
- Campaign from Mosques, community centers, schools and universities
- Workshops and seminars
- Leaflets and posters campaign
- Training front line service providers
- Education and awareness campaign for better information amongst policy makers
- Connecting the service providers with grass root communities
ACCESS TO JUSTICE IN MUSLIM COMMUNITIES
The project focuses on strengthening access to justice for the indigent Muslims especially women and children by providing free legal services to them and implementing activities that address barriers to accessing justice in legal, social, economic and political domains.
We ensure that discriminatory practices are checked in the informal justice pathways and we facilitate linkages to the formal justice system in the districts of Kampala, Butambala and Mpigi.
What we have accomplished so far
- More than 2000 people from the Muslim communities are more aware of their legal rights and how to seek redress of their grievances.
- Over 30 Muslim paralegals drawn from diverse backgrounds including Sheikhs, Muslim women and youths have been trained to better assist marginalized communities.
- The project has built greater synergy between a range of key actors in Uganda.
PEACE BUILDING AND MULTI-FAITH DIALOGUE
The project’s major goal is to promote peace building practices in Uganda. Its scope ranges from local community to national activities that use multifaceted approaches, including social media, conferences, workshops, and interventions. Under this project, MCJL works with a variety of communities, individuals, groups as well as government, academic, secular, and religious organizations and leaders.
Engaging the youth is a key component under this project and the major highlight is the annual Multi-faith youth day of service where youth from different religious denominations come together for community service.
HUMAN RIGHTS AND LEGAL EDUCATION
The goal of this project is to promote access to justice and the protection of human rights. Activities under this project involve organising interdisciplinary human rights workshops and dialogues with representatives of the Justice Law and Order Sector (JLOS), community leaders and Muslim clerics.
The Youth Centre in Mayuge is one way we engage with young people and has become an integral part of developing young people's skills to get them ready for work. The Centre acts as a place young people can come and stay active as well as learn new skills. They also gain opportunities for training and employment in an environment that they feel comfortable and safe in.
Our training and employment programs, we deliver holistic training, progression and support services to vulnerable youth or teenagers. We deliver training in: IT, Customer Service, Sport & Fitness, Catering and Hospitality. All trainees undergo an Initial Needs Assessment and Formal Learning Assessment when they start with us, which enables us to identify the level of training and support they require.
SRHR and HIV/AIDS
MCJL links HIV and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), thus bringing together work on the issues at various levels, such as policy, advocacy, programming, and operations. Integration of operations includes providing HIV related services – such as testing, prevention, treatment, care, and support – and referrals for these in the sexual and reproductive health (SRH) context and vice versa.
According to our findings and experiences in districts like Butambala and Mayuge, the majority of HIV in fections are sexually transmitted or are associated with pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding. Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) increase the risk of acquiring or transmitting HIV, and sexual and reproductive ill health and HIV share root causes. Therefore, linking HIV/AIDS with SRHR has made a lot of sense for us. It has maximized efficiencies, increased impact and outreach, and improved community participation in our HIV and SRHR activities.