By Our Reporter
The Church of Uganda and Dan Church Aid (DCA) have launched a 3-year interfaith action for gender and economic justice in Kumi Diocese.
The launch drew participation of interfaith leaders from the Anglican, Orthodox, Catholics, Muslim faith and Government stakeholders from Kumi and Bukeadea districts where the project will be implemented.
The project builds on the already existing work that Church of Uganda and DCA were doing to promote gender justice in Teso sub region and recognising the fact the cases of Gender Based Violence continued to escalate as a result of Covid-19 pandemic and negative social cultural practices and beliefs.
At the launch, Dr. Augustine Eyipu, the head of programs for DCA stated that the project fits in their Country strategy in fighting extreme inequality.
He pledged their commitment to work with religious leaders as key stakeholders to reduce community vulnerability to gender and economic injustice.
Balaam Muheebwa, the provincial treasurer who represented the Provincial Secretary of Church of Uganda stressed the need to embrace mentorship for the boy child to ensure the protection of the girl child.
He reiterated the Archbishop of Church of Uganda, Dr Stephen Samuel Kaziimba Mugalu’s passion and commitment about mentorship of boys as agents of change and for peaceful families when they grow into men.
Rt Rev Michael Okwii Esakhan, the Bishop of Kumi Diocese commended Church of Uganda and DCA for choosing Kumi Diocese.
He said that perpetuating gender based violence is against God’s plan for humanity and the role of faith leaders is key in contributing to the reduction of this vice and called upon them to lead by example to positively impact in the lives of those they serve.
He condemned all acts of violence and called for unity among the different faith denominations.
Sheikh Saad Okia, the district Khadi for Kumi, said that this project should promote peace, unity, respect and Love.