Legal Activists

Posted on February 23, 2010

The workshop also marked the launch of the Universal Access for Women and Gils. The launch was an initiative to offer free legal services to women and girls and therefore promote the rule of law in these vulnerable groups who are often unaware of their basic rights and fundamental freedom.

Professor Hansungule’s specific role was to facilitate on Rights approaches to HIV/AIDS response; linking HIV/AIDS; gender inequalities; human rights and legal protection of vulnerable groups. He was also asked to facilitate the United Nations and Africa regional pronouncements on HIV, criminal law and Human Rights, legislation as response to HIV/AIDS.

Professor Hansungule said that the move would empower women and girls who constitute the biggest number of HIV/AIDS victims in Africa to gain confidence to fight the spread of the disease.

“With professionals like judges and lawyers animatedly joining the fight against HIV/AIDS, Rwanda has a better chance to win the war. Vulnerable groups, women and girls in particular, are dying simply because they lack the necessary knowledge on how to protect themselves from contracting HIV and this is where human rights come in”, said Professor Hansungule.

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