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I do what I do becuase I was born and raised during war. Refugees, Asylum Seekers, Deportees, IDPs (Including former IDPs) are of personal and professional interest to me.

Securing Refugee-Host Relations

Refugees and hosts can live harmoniously.
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Tackling Sexual Violence in Conflict

Sexual violence remains a heinous crime that requires concerted efforts to combat

Mentorship and Capacity Building for Rule of Law Stakeholders

Promoting refugee rights and protection requires that mentorship and capacity buiilding for all relevant duty bearers

Supporting Education for All

It's been well said that 'Education Cannot Wait' - Join hands to support the future generations acquire skills

Reflections on Forced Migration-related Issues

Periodic Reflections - Insightful and Provocative

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Our-Parents-Do-Not-Know-www.onendavid.com.pngRead more +25 November 2020 By David Onen Ongwech in Human Rights, Refugee Debate

2020 National Virtual Learning Event on Child Wellbeing

The 2020 National Virtual Learning Event on Child Wellbeing starts today 25 – 26 Nov 2020. The event is co-hosted by the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development and the National Child Protection Working Group (NCPWG) guided by the theme “Child wellbeing during and Post COVID-19 Context in Uganda”. I’m glad my abstract titled “Our Parents Do Not Know” Homeschooling fatigue among refugee children during COVID-19 induced lockdown was accepted.
UCA 2020 PosterRead more +23 November 2020 By David Onen Ongwech in Refugee Debate

16th Annual UG Counsellors Conference [26-27 November 2020]

Refugee Law Project, with support from the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is thus proud to partner with Uganda Counseling Association to use the occasion of the 16thAnnual Counsellors conference from 26-27 November 2020 to focus the attention of Uganda’s counselling professionals on “Attaining a Healthy Mind in a Healthy Body amidst Covid19: Focus on Forced Migration, Mental Health and Gender”. The conference, which will run from 8:30am to 2:30pm East African Time on both days, will be a blend of physical and online participants and presentations. 
Peacekeepers as allies in tackling sexual violence in conflictRead more +03 November 2020 By David Onen Ongwech in Human Rights, Sexual Violence Debate

Peacekeepers as allies in tackling sexual violence in conflict

When peacekeepers are equipped to understand, respond to and prevent some of the dynamics that can destabilise an often fragile peace, then their value is greatly enhanced in post-conflict situations. This is particularly the case if they are able to engage pro-actively on issues of conflict-related sexual violence and its ‘post-conflict’ manifestations in the form of sexual exploitation and abuse. The report offers testimony to the value of such training endeavours, as well as to the importance of the International Protocol as a guiding document around which to organise both the content and the process.
Hard_and_Unbearable_www.onendavid.comRead more +06 August 2020 By David Onen Ongwech in Refugee Debate

“Hard and Unbearable”: COVID-19 Induced Challenges as told by Refugee and Host Support Group Leaders

Since the first case of COVID-19 was detected in Uganda, lives have and continue to change dramatically. With several measures and televised Presidential directives, the #StayHome mantra continues to impact lives in various ways. Refugees and host communities have not been spared – if any, the pandemic has worsened the already biting challenges and vulnerabilities. With some vulnerable communities in ‘hard-to-reach’ places at the receiving end of the directives and its associated enforcement and curfew, many of the things happening in and around refugee-hosting areas haven’t made it to the media. Many refugees and hosts are mired in inadequately documented challenges. While communities have not resigned themselves to the hurdles at hand and are adopting numerous creative coping mechanisms, the ways in which such resilience and positive coping mechanisms can be supported and replicated elsewhere by government, civil society, and international actors requires further exploration.
Participant showing his message3Read more +31 July 2020 By David Onen Ongwech in Gender, Mental Health & Forced Migration, Human Rights, Refugee Debate, Sexual Violence Debate

What if we responded to sexual violence in conflict as an existential threat? Statement for International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, 2020

In the statement to mark the occasion, RLP asked the question; What if we responded to sexual violence in conflict as an existential threat? The press statement took a critical look at what the national and international response to COVID-19 has taught us thus far about our collective potential to end sexual violence in conflict. If we can mobilise the resources and will to develop a vaccine for COVID-19, if we can close airports and public transport to better control the virus, couldn’t we do the same to better control sexual violence in conflict? While COVID-19 has directly harmed our capacity to respond to survivor needs in the short term, it has also made clear that to eliminate sexual violence in conflict we need a sea change in how it is perceived. We need to see it as the existential threat it undoubtedly is, and invest time, effort and resources correspondingly.
Child_on_Fathers_Shoulder_onendavid.comRead more +24 July 2020 By David Onen Ongwech in Refugee Debate

Why are children being chased away from community-related awareness raising events?

Robinson Ocira, a Project Assistant based in the Kiryandongo Office, poses the question; Why are children being chased away from community related awareness raising events? Particularly disturbing in Robinson’s exploration of the discrimination and exclusion children are subjected to during community related events is the fact that sometimes the discrimination is directed to the children by the very organisations that are meant to protect and promote the rights of all including children.

Empowering Refugee and Host Youth through Basic Video Advocacy (BVA) trainings.

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    Using in-house developed training curriculum
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    Skilled and experienced faccilators keen to youth's interests
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    Meet over 100 graduates keen to refugee and host issues

South-South Institute #SSI2019

The Fourth South-South Institute on Sexual Violence Against Men and Boys in Conflict and Forced Displacement is back to Kampala!

South-South Institute 2019

The South-South Institute emerged in 2013 from an inter-institutional collaboration between Refugee Law Project (Uganda), Male Survivor of Sexual Abuse Trust (New Zealand) and First Step (Cambodia) following diverse histories and building on a wealth of experience of direct work on sexual violence in conflict, post-conflict and post-colonial settings.

The first Institute was held in Kampala in 2013, the second in Pnomh Penh in 2015, and the third in New Zealand in 2017. Guided by the theme “Bridging the Sexual Violence – Torture Divide”, the fourth Institute came back to its starting place to review the progress made in the past six years in raising international awareness and advocacy on conflict-related sexual violence against men and boys, and to take stock of the relationship between torture and sexual violence. Ms. Yasmin Sooka, Chair of the Commission of Human Rights in South Sudan, was our Keynote Speaker.

Thank you for participating and for following the LIVE proceedings via Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Contact gender@refugeelawproject.org for more information.

South – South Institute on Sexual Violence against Men & Boys in Conflict & Displacement

SSI 2014 - 2019

The South-South Institute emerged in 2013 from an inter-institutional collaboration between Refugee Law Project (Uganda), Male Survivor of Sexual Abuse Trust (New Zealand) and First Step (Cambodia) following diverse histories and building on a wealth of experience of direct work on sexual violence in conflict, post-conflict and post-colonial settings.

RLP and the Gender & Sexuality Programme work inclusively to support women and girls as well as men and boys who are victims/survivors of sexual violence. Currently, and developed over time, our work in the Gender & Sexuality Programme is guided by a unique model dubbed "Screen - Refer - Support - Document". In the course of 2018 over 4,500 refugees and hosts were screened for such experiences, with approximately 1,300 subsequently supported to access successful medical and psychosocial support.

This Resource Pack brings together a collection of work on men and boys survivors of sexual violence, both from our own publications, but also from those of other participants in the South-South Institute.

Request a copy of the Resource Packs

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