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This article first appeared in The Standard Newspaper of 11th-24th September 2017 

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is in talks to fund a business project by Uganda Christian University (UCU) students worth shs45 million.

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UN Human Rights Country RepresentativeDr. Uchenna Emelonye takes a group photo with UCU Administration and students

The project dedicated to creating awareness on abuse of women’s human rights in business and economic environments, was the winning project proposal at the human rights training for students that took place between August 21 to September 1at UCU Main Campus in Mukono.

UCU’s John Sentamu Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, and the OHCHR organized the training. It is the pioneer short course on human rights, attracting over 150 students from different courses like law, business and social works. The main aim of this multi-disciplinary training was to equip students with relevant knowledge on international region, national protection frameworks and mechanisms for the protection of human rights.

During the closing ceremony of the short course that took place at Nkoyoyo Hall on September 1, the students were awarded with certificates for the course by Dr. Uchenna Emelonye, the UN Human Rights Country Representative, and Dr. BenonMusinguzi, Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic affairs at UCU. Other exceptional works were also awarded like Quiz winners taken by Iceland group, best case study taken by the Law group, and the best project proposal taken by the Business group.

Duncan Barasha, a student who was part of the Business group explained that earlier during the training, it had been promised that the best business proposal project would be funded by OHCHR for six months.

“Our project was aimed at creating a platform where women's rights are respected, and are treated equally in the working environment, so as to formulate avenues for their productivity. Our pilot budget was approximately US$13,000. However, we are not yet aware whether it will be funded as promised, since we have not heard from them,” he added.

During a phone interview with The Standard, Bernard Amwine, the Public Iinformation Officer of OHCHR said that the organization was in talks about the matter of funding. “We are going to discuss the matter and revert. However we are not yet sure when this information will be availed to the students,” Amwine said.

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The serene environment at Sabiti, lady’s hall of residence

UCU applauded

During the closing ceremony, Dr. Emelonye hailed UCU for being the first private university to embrace these trainings contrary to what he expected. “Uganda Christian University is the only university in Uganda that opened her doors for us to facilitate this training. I came as a missionary hoping to convert UCU but I found it already converted. We never got any difficulty in dealing with them and we thank you very much for that,” he said.

Further more, he encouraged students to put the knowledge they have acquired during the training into practice and also putting God at the forefront of it all. Dr. Musinguzi, who was representing the Vice Chancellor, thanked OHCHR and the UCU community for participating in the training.

 

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Some of the students who attended the short certificate course