Aloysious, our advocacy and capacity building officer from Restless Development Uganda spoke at the launch of Arts in Parliament on peacebuilding and the role of youth in conflict affected areas. Arts in Parliament is an innovative project with a series of unique exhibitions and performances in Parliament’s Westminster Hall in London, including a collection of peacebuilding murals from around the world. The event was open by Rt. Hon John Bercow MP, Speaker of the House of Commons, and Baroness D'Souza, Speaker of the House of Lords.
Speaking at the event, Aloysious highlighted the current situation in Karamoja region of northern Uganda, including peacebuilding initiatives to improve the livelihoods of young people. Stressing the importance of livestock in Karamoja, he described how cows are key determinants of a person’s status in society. Cattle raiding has been one of the main causes of conflict and violence in the area. He also spoke about the importance of youth livelihoods in peacebuilding and provided an insight into Restless Development’s work with young people in Karamoja.
Aloysious spoke about his own work with young people to help young people find alternative livelihoods, provide them with skills and knowledge to pursue a meaningful employment and support them to be heard among policy makers.
Drawing out from our recent youth-led research - Strength, Creativity & Livelihoods of Karimojong Youth - Aloysious enlightened further on the livelihoods of Karimojong youth and its impact on peacebuilding.
For more information on the research report, click here
Restless Development would like to thank the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK Branch for supporting Aloysious to participate in the event.