When a country is at war, legal structures break down and a culture of impunity grows. War Child rebuilds and improves ravaged justice systems and provides legal representation to children and women to ensure that they are safe from abuse and are defended against sexual and gender based violence. War Child trains legal and justice officials like lawyers, judges and police and does extensive outreach via community meetings, radio panel discussions and mobile legal service vans to ensure that people are aware of their rights.
Charles, a police constable in Northern Uganda where rape is commonplace and far too often the victims are children, recently completed War Child’s Justice training on sexual and gender-based violence. His community has only one under-funded rural police outpost. He didn’t expect that shortly after the training, his little sister would be raped. You can imagine his horror; but, with his new skills, Charles knew what to do: he took her to the hospital and ensured that the perpetrator was tracked down and brought to justice. Charles feared his little sister’s childhood had been stolen from her the day she was raped. But with the perpetrator behind bars, she has the opportunity carry on with her life and become a productive, valuable member of her community. $1,500 will train 5 – 10 actors in the justice sector – police, lawyers, judges – on the rights and laws around sexual and gender based violence. Learn more about the work of Ward Child USA in the video below.