Founded in 2017, UCAA was the first faith-based organisation established to advocate for the inclusion of the most marginalised groups of people in Uganda using faith-based approaches. This was after the realization that marginalised groups are deprived of their human rights and treated unfairly in our communities, using religion as a justification.
Being that, diversity and Inclusion (D&I) seems to be subjectively understood by a reasonable number of the Ugandan citizenry, there is still a lack of a deeper understanding of the concept and its applicability in the day-to-day life. Ugandan society continues to be divided and eaten up by discrimination of different groups of people based on their differences. Different groups of people continue to be pushed to the margins. Consequently, this has cost our society balanced opinions, and views, and inspired creativity, and innovation that would have enabled a more positive and healthier human experience. It has also fueled economic crisis and Human rights abuse and violations of human rights.
To address these realities, UCAA-UG adopted its 1st five-year Strategic Plan (2019 – 2023) titled; ‘Putting our world to rights: Deepening our struggles, consolidating our gains’. As an overall Goal, UCAA-UG targeted to contribute to creating a safe environment in faith-based and wider communities where the rights of all persons are respected thereby fostering inclusion and acceptance. This five-year plan was based on the need for UCAA-UG to collectively deepen engagement with religious leaders, policymakers, communities and partners from a faith-based perspective. It is this very milestone that has contributed to the development of the second strategic plan for 2024-2028.
According to the 2014 Uganda census report, 99% of Ugandans are affiliated to some religion. For example, 39% of Ugandans are Roman Catholics, 32% Anglican, 11% Pentecostal Christian, 14% Muslim, while other religious groups and those with no religious affiliation constitute 5%. Thus, religion influences almost all aspects of the life of all people in Uganda.
That is why it has been easy to radicalize Ugandans, and authenticate hate and discrimination through religious leaders by right-wing Christians from the global north.
This force was behind the tabling and passing of the Anti-homosexuality Act 2014 and consequently the Anti homosexuality Act 2023. Unfortunately, these religious statistics also include sexual and gender minorities who find themselves between a rock and a hard place as their lives are stifled in toxic anti-gay religious traditions condemning themselves for something God will never take away from them. In the end, some of them have contemplated or even committed suicide as many continue to be conflicted between who they are and their faith values.