Suzan Abong Wilmot (team of directors) is among the founders of Solidarity Uganda. From Oyam, Northern Uganda, she has trained hundreds of activists and organizers from movements throughout Uganda. Most notable among her contributions to Solidarity Uganda’s track record is the international mobilization she did in connection with the Amuru land conflict, which helped protect 100,000 acres of land from corporate and state theft. Suzan also advises The Pollination Project as an East African ambassador. She started Solidarity Uganda with money earned through the sales of her own recycled jewelry. She most enjoys facilitating training modules on intersectionality and is a mother of two in Lango.
Scovia Arinaitwe (team of directors) takes the lead on most operations and partnerships in central Uganda. A mother of two, she helped start the Women’s Movement which in its early days contributed to the scrapping of a Parliamentary bill to remove constitutional age limits (for judges, and potentially the president). She is a member of a number of youth activist groups in Kampala. She originally joined Solidarity Uganda while running one movement’s recruitment efforts which brought political prisoners on board by visiting them, bringing them basic necessities, and working for their release even where political parties, human rights agencies, and family members feared to step foot. While recently pregnant, she joined a women’s land rights caravan to Mt. Kilimanjaro!
Daniel Tulibagenyi (team of directors) is based in Kampala, Uganda but has also been working heavily with the diaspora and international partners committed to nonviolent strategy. His wealth of experience in community organizing surpasses just about any other young man in Uganda. A former university lecturer and a founder of a number of initiatives, such as the No More Campaign, the Mission for Civic Awareness and Health, and the Interparty Youth Platform, Dan is capable of getting anyone – however rich or poor, rural or urban, woke or asleep – on board with a cause he believes in. Dan’s charisma is pleasantly matched by his extensive knowledge – in theory and practice – of civil resistance.
Dickens Otim (coordinator, northern Uganda) has been a community organizer since his days at Kyambogo University. A longtime trainee of Solidarity Uganda, he joined our staff shortly after organizing a community trash pick-up that attracted police attention and led to his arrest with four others in Lira. He trains and coordinates partners and allies across northern Uganda.
Benedict Emuna (accountant) offers the lean and mean bureaucratic skills necessary to keep the wheels of an ever-adapting organization like Solidarity Uganda turning. We don’t know how his training at Aduku College of Commerce made him such a good motorbike driver. His commitment to excellence is matched by none of us.
*As part of our resistance to the hegemonic norms of NGO culture, Solidarity Uganda pays its staff members equally (with the exception of a small bonus to city-based staff to help offset cost of living), a modest pay, regardless of role. The organization prefers a team of directors – instead of a single executive director – to offer opportunity for consensus-based decision-making and consultation. Those with specific roles largely have autonomy over their respective programs.
Pending available resources, Solidarity Uganda aims to hire 3 additional regional coordinators and a PR / media staff member. Interested parties may send their CVs and cover letters to firstname.lastname@example.org.