Oyam—12, December 2020: For every sacrifice, resolve a person makes to succeed, it must be well thought and coordinated. And while all humanity is capable of being sacrificial and resolved, only a few are willing to go on.
In Oyam district, Northern Uganda—there is one strong woman whose resolve, sacrifice and determination has often been talked about. This year, she ends it with ‘a noble award’.
Jane Frances Oling was among three other human rights defenders in Uganda to be recognised in an event this week—Wednesday.
Oling, Eron Kizza, Rose Amongin and another were recognised at Impact Awarding Ceremony 2020 for Human Rights Defenders. The popular hashtag was #ClaimingSpaces.
“Today the 9th of December 2020, I received an award as the most outstanding Human Rights Defender Northern Region. Thank you colleagues for nominating me. Thank you Pamella, Rashida, Lucy, Winnie and Yona,” ever jolly Jane said.
Also, departed (former) Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) Chairperson, Rt Hon. Al-Hajji Meddie Ssozi Kaggwa was remembered and bestowed with “Posthumous Impact Award”
“Hon. Kaggwa left a legacy of strong leadership on human rights issues in Uganda. DefendDefenders acknowledge Hon. Kaggwa’s contribution to strengthening civic space in Uganda and in Africa,” a statement from DefendDefenders reads.
Briefly about the winners
Jane Francis Oling founded Women in Development (WID) Oyam – the only human rights organisation in the district.
Kizza Eron is a human rights lawyer and an environmental activist defending local communities, activists, and civil society.
Meanwhile, Rose Amongin advocates for community development and the rights of people living with HIV/AIDS in Eastern Uganda. She promotes land and property rights for women.
In September 2017, Jane Oling and her fellow activists demanded the government of Uganda to set up a “Gender and Equity Protection Department (GEPD)” at each police stations countrywide to handle increasing cases of Gender Based Violence (GBV).
Their demand also came at a time the country’s women, young girls, were being kidnapped and murdered.
Addressing the media in Kampala in 2017, Lydia Kobusinge from Civil Society Advocacy Group said having a GEP department to handle women’s cases would help find a lasting solution to the murders other than having only the Child and Family Protection Unit (CFPU) at police stations.
In the last half-a-decade of her activism or more, Oling intensified her campaign to ensure a better welfare for mothers, young girls in Oyam district get protections from their families and government.