Low levels of human rights especially among females are prevalent in Northern and Eastern regions. Teso sub region is among the areas with the lowest levels of human rights. These two regions according to the Uganda Health Demographic Survey (2017) have the highest prevalence of Gender Based Violence.
The communities in Teso have endured decades of inter-ethnic violent conflicts from the Karimojong. This historical conflict revolves around cattle rustling/ thefts, competition for access and control of natural resources especially land, water and pasture. The Karimojong pastoralists forcefully graze their cattle and sheep in Teso region during the dry season and return to their traditional grazing areas with stolen animals. Whenever it rains and pasture sprouts and regularly sneak in and steal cattle from Teso. Both ethnic groups claim large chunks of land on either side of the border and accuse each other of land grabbing. This border conflict has resulted in misery as hundreds of people in Katakwi and Amuria Districts occasionally get displaced and lose their household items and productive assets.
Majority of the rural populations in Teso are constrained from accessing social justice. COU-TEDDO recognizes that this marginalisation has direct effects on people’s access to services like education, health, justice and productive resources among others leading to exclusion thus translating into a cycle of poverty.
This strategic plan will focus on addressing barriers to social justice and drivers of gender related violence through the use of the SASA Faith approach that seeks to address abuse of power and existing power imbalances. COU-TEDDO will work with men, women, legal duty bearers, religious and cultural leaders and communities to effect a change in attitudes, behaviors and practices related to GBV. Through this program area COU-TEDDO will undertake the following strategic actions: