The Deputy Executive Secretary of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) , Ambassador Vicente Muanda has addressed the opening of a regional training on SGBV within the military justice system in the Great Lakes region taking place in Kampala, Uganda. Convened by the ICGLR Regional Training Facility, the three days long training was officially opened by the Attorney General of Uganda, Honorable Fred Ruhindi and was also addressed by the Head of the United Nations Team of Experts on the Rule of Law and Sexual Violence in Conflict and the African Union, co organizer of the training and Mr. Nathan Byamukama, Acting Director of RTF.
The aim of the training is to strengthen the capacity of military justice systems within ICGLR member States to investigate and prosecute cases of sexual violence and related crimes. The workshop will also inform military officers from ICGLR Member States about key challenges regarding conflict-related sexual violence in the region.
During the workshop, a two-day training will be conducted separately for Ugandan military and police officials regarding SGBV in peace-keeping operations, supported by the United Kingdom and the British High Commission.
Approximately 25 members of the military justice system (investigators, prosecutors, judges) from priority countries: Central African Republic, South Sudan, Sudan, Somalia, and Uganda (as host country) are participating in the training whereas participants from DRC are still expected to arrive.
The ICGLR Programme Officer, in charge of Gender, Women and Children, Ambassador Eliane Mokodopo is also attending the workshop.