UGANET in the past 2 years has engaged a lot of partners and intuitions in dialogues and trainings via different projects. One of the projects being a Global Fund project where UGANET engaged three different institutions at grass root level and national level. These include Health workers, the police, and judiciary in order to address legal barriers that hinder access to justice for GBV victims. 1215 persons were trained & 1366 individuals met during the dialogues.
The Justice, Law and Order sector (JLOS) is not user friendly to most of the targeted vulnerable groups including women and girls, young people, key affected populations, sexual minorities, people with disability and individuals with minimal formal education. The referral network for survivors of human rights violations is still weak. The country has laws and policies that violate human rights while at the same time, there are some law-makers that are willing to make a difference. As UGANET, we are committed to moving beyond awareness and support the key strategic institutions to translate the awareness into actions that respect gender and human rights. This we shall do by demonstrating action with these institutions and providing technical support as required by them to move from one level to another. The NSP 2015/16-2019/20 has identified increasing access to sexual and reproductive health services and innovative social support protection as some of the strategies to reduce vulnerability to HIV.[i] Therefore, we will focus on engaging key institutions so that these institutions are able to provide services to marginalized groups in a more human rights responsive way. Table 4 below summarizes the relationship between our anticipated outcomes in engaging key institutions to reduce barriers to justice and the outputs we hope to produce.