Jane Ekayu is the founder and Executive Director of Children of Peace Uganda (CPU), a nonprofit organization dedicated to the rehabilitation and reintegration of former child soldiers who were rescued from the Lord’s Resistance Army. CPU also assists children who were born to child soldiers during their captivity or were orphaned by the country’s 20-year civil war. In addition to working directly with children, CPU also fosters peaceful dialogue between former child soldiers and victimized communities. Prior to CPU, Jane worked at the Rachele Rehabilitation Center as a trauma therapist for child soldiers, where she oversaw their psychosocial healing program and facilitated their reintegration back into society.
Jane has been an international spokesperson on issues pertaining to child soldiers, war trauma recovery, and post-war reconciliation efforts. She has addressed audiences at the United Nations General Assembly, the International Criminal Court (ICC), the ICC Review Conference in Kampala, the Amnesty International Film Festival, the Vancouver International Film Festival, and various educational institutions. A documentary made about her efforts, which received numerous international awards, was featured at the United Nations and the European Parliament. Following a personal visit to CPU by a former ICC Prosecutor, the Hague recently requested CPU’s input as they develop international protection policies for children.
Jane earned her Bachelor’s degree in Democracy and Development from Uganda Martyrs University, a Diploma in Gender and Development from the Nsamizi Training Institute of Social Development, and a Teaching Certificate from the Institute of Teacher Education.