Strengthening the Catholic Church of Uganda Campaign Against Domestic Violence
Creative collaborations can increase impact and bring new energy to violence prevention. Raising Voices, Trocaire, Irish Aid and the Uganda Episcopal Conference are joining forces to bring the sensitive issue of domestic violence to the Catholic church and the Catholic community across Uganda. This initiative, which began in 2008, has two core components:
1. A national campaign to prevent domestic violence which runs annually through the season of Advent. During this time, ideas about domestic violence reach leadership of the church and parishioners. Each year, a variety of materials are designed to raise awareness of the issue and encourage practical action to prevent domestic violence in 20 languages, including:
- Homily notes for priests and catechists to from the pulpit.
- Prayer cards given to every Catholic attending church across the country.
- Posters which use liturgy to illustrate the church’s teachings on peace, family unity and non-violence.
- A Domestic Violence Training Pack based on the SASA! Activist Kit.
- Small grants to dioceses for their own violence prevention activities during the campaign.
2. The implementation of the SASA! approach in Catholic Dioceses at the local level. The pilot began in Soroti Diocese in 2008 and in 2013 SASA! will be expanded to an additional 4 Dioceses across the country. The intention of this work is to influence the church’s structures and use the extensive infrastructure and outreach within the church to engage women and men about power, justice and peace.