Earlier this year, Willow International together with Pollicy/ wetaase partnered with the McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University to advance the Institute’s Student Alliance Against Trafficking program to universities in Uganda. This collaborative partnership was meant to allow Willow International and Pollicy connect on the ground with students, directing them to Student Alliance resources that support efforts to raise awareness and engage communities on human trafficking.
On Friday 9th November 2018, The Anti-Traffick Kyambogo, a student alliance against trafficking based in Kyambogo university Uganda held its very first event which was a public lecture under the theme “Realities of Human Trafficking in Uganda” which was a one day event aimed at raising awareness on human trafficking within the ugandan community especially among university students.
Kyambogo university Students through their club the Anti-Traffick Kyambogo mobilised fellow students to come the event and a total of 216 students from various faculties were present that afternoon. At the event Neema Iyer, the director and founder of Pollicy Uganda and Phillip Ayazika the Engagement lead and the main organiser of the event introduced the Student Alliance Against Trafficking program to the students and its history as well as explaining its rationale.
Through a panel discussion guest speakers from various CSO’s in uganda dealing with human trafficking including Lilian Ayella,Alum Jennifer from Willow international, Esther Ndagire from Code for Africa, Lydia Bwitte for Platform for Labor Action and Jovia Nampiina from Dignified uganda came through to talk to the students.
The panelists took students through the What of Trafficking in persons and How it happens, also students had so many questions on what is Uganda doing about human trafficking and how they can be involved in the fight against human trafficking.
At the same event, The first ever student alliance club in uganda named The Anti-Traffick Kyambogo club was introduced and launched to the students fraternity and the guests after which 47 more students signed up to the club. Through the club students will sensitise fellow students on campus on human trafficking to increase vigilance towards the topic on campus and in community.