East Africa Center for Disability Law and Policy (CDLP) has added impetus to its work by establishing a Media Caucus on Disability. As an outcome recommendation of both the baseline study on the State on Media Coverage on Disability Issues in Uganda (June 2017); and the training for journalists on disability rights early this year, the Caucus is envisioned to be a platform that brings together all interested professional and freelance journalists and media practitioners to advance and advocate for the promotion and protection of rights of persons with disabilities using different media platforms.

The Caucus has been established as a Program under CDLP Secretariat, and its formation has been spearheaded by a Steering Committee of 5 reporters and 5 editors nominated at the training for journalists on disability rights in early January. Among other functions, the Caucus shall advance the role of media in the promotion of social justice, fulfillment, and protection of rights of persons with disabilities in Uganda, and the East African Region at large.

At a meeting held today at the CDLP offices in Ntinda with the members of the Steering Committee, an Executive Committee has been elected to oversee and implement the immediate activities of the Caucus, including recruitment and registration of members. The Executive Committee comprises of: Ms. Sylvia Nankya (Uganda Radio Network) as the Chairperson; Mr. Apollo Tusiime (Impact Media Consortium) as the Vice Chairperson; Ms. Sarah Oringa (Delta TV) as the Secretary: and Mr. Moses Kyeyune (KFM/Daily Monitor) as the Mobilizer.

CDLP intends that through the Caucus it will: improve capacity and understanding of disability and human rights amongst journalists in Uganda and the East African region; enhance inclusion and representation of persons with disabilities in media programming and reporting; increase knowledge and information sharing among journalists on disability issues; and strengthen partnerships with regional and international media agencies and professionals promoting disability rights.