|Women Civil Society Groups in Uganda: Kony2012 Campaign, Blurring realities!|
|Friday, 16 March 2012 13:49|
About one week ago, Invisible Children, a US based organisation launched a campaign dubbed Kony2012. The campaign has since attracted the attention of millions of people worldwide. As Women Civil Society groups in Uganda, we have watched the campaign video and we believe that at the present time, it is out of context regarding the real issues of the conflict in Uganda.
We therefore want to draw the world’s attention to the issues that we believe are of importance to the sufferers and survivors of this conflict.
Some of the work by the civil society movement includes supporting the reconstruction efforts for the victims and advocating for holding the government of Uganda accountable while working towards ending the conflict. Women Civil Society groups in Uganda have been pushing for gender sensitive programs in the affected areas that put women at the centre of all reconstruction and recovery efforts.
In addition, we urge the people behind this campaign to focus on the countries where Kony is operating at the moment. Young children, women and men in the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, and Central African Republic are facing similar atrocities suffered when Kony was still active in Uganda. It is important for this campaign to emphasise redeeming the affected population where Kony is presently active.
Kony no longer abducts children on the soil of Uganda