With a Jo Cox Memorial Grant, Minority Rights Group (MRG) is working with grassroots organisations in East Africa to help develop early warning conflict tracking systems that can help to break patterns of violence.
In Northern Kenya, violence in the area has hindered development, consumed wealth and perpetrators have begun to target young people. This includes a recent killing of four students – two studying at university and two still in high school – in what was viewed as a revenge attack.
Over the past year, Jo Cox Memorial grant holders, MIFUMI, have been engaging communities in Tororo, Bukedea and Budaka districts in Uganda through a series of activities.
Its sole aim is to build a community that will recognise, challenge, and resist all forms of violence and abuse against women and children. This has included the development of a network that currently comprises of over 274 local community members, including frontline caseworkers, Independent Domestic Violence Advisors, MIFUMI Women’s Rights Champions, MIFUMI Gender-Sensitive Men, and local duty bearers.
A statement from The Jo Cox Foundation:
Five years ago, on June 16th 2016, Jo Cox MP was murdered in her constituency of Batley and Spen, West Yorkshire.
Jo’s death caused shock and dismay across the UK and the world. Jo’s family said they had been "overwhelmed and humbled by the support we have been given by so many people. From the thousands of messages we have received through to the dedication of so many individuals and organisations to continue Jo’s work".
The Jo Cox Foundation is delighted to announce the appointment of Su Moore as The Jo Cox Foundation’s new Chief Executive.
Our Ambassador Kim Leadbeater, sister of Jo Cox, is taking an unpaid leave of absence from the Foundation to pursue the candidacy for the parliamentary seat of Batley & Spen.
The Jo Cox Foundation is committed to working across political divides, and we will maintain that focus in the coming weeks and months. We also fully support the right of everyone to take part in the democratic process.
One of our key areas of work is around promoting respect and civility in public life, and we urge all candidates in the by-election to run a respectful and safe campaign.
We wish Kim and all candidates putting their hat into the ring the best of luck with the campaign.
|Jo Cox was a life-long humanitarian, dedicating her career to helping those less fortunate than herself. In honour of Jo's memory and her international legacy, the Department for International Development (DFID) – now the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) – launched the Jo Cox Memorial Grants in March 2018. This £10 million UK Aid Direct fund supports organisations working all over the world on two themes: women’s social, economic and political empowerment and strengthening civil society to prevent violence. We are delighted to share this case study from the Forum for Women in Democracy (FOWODE), whose successful work in Uganda is leading to an increase in the participation and leadership of women in politics.|