Key Ugandan anti-corruption activist will speak at UI Sept. 23

The Black Monday Movement: Re-energizing the Fight Against Official Corruption in UgandaJacqueline Asiimwe, a social justice and political rights activist from Uganda, will give a presentation at the University of Iowa Monday, Sept. 23, on “The Black Monday Movement: Re-energizing the Fight Against Official Corruption in Uganda.” Her talk will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Executive Board Room of the University Capitol Centre, Room 2390. See the event poster

Uganda is a country challenged by the theft of public resources, meant to provide social services to the people. Official corruption has been growing at alarming rates over the last couple of years. Last year, in opposition to this trend, civil society organizations started a campaign called “The Black Monday Movement.” The campaign seeks to rally Ugandans into action against corruption. The movement has registered some gains, but activists have faced some challenges, including police harassment and arrest.

Asiimwe, one of the key activists in this campaign, will speak of the current efforts of ordinary Ugandans to hold their government accountable. Asiimwe is a lawyer by profession and a member of the Uganda Association of Women Lawyers.

This event is free and open to the public and co-sponsored by the African Studies Program in UI International Programs and the UI Center for Human Rights in the College of Law.

For more information, contact Edward Miner at edward-miner@uiowa.edu.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Edward Miner in advance at 319-333-9067.

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