Trained Social Anthropologist (SOAS, University of London), and Psychologist (Kyambogo University Uganda). Interested in Gender & Sexuality with 9-years of progressive work experience in refugee project design, management, conflict-related sexual violence, working with refugee peer support groups and vulnerable communities, facilitating high-level trainings, and designing capacity building and mentorship programmes for multiple stakeholders and civil society actors. A strategic evidence-based advocate and speaker on issues related to refugees and conflict-related sexual violence.
- Project developer, implementer and manager. Generic system developer for effective project implementation using in-house and real-time tools (using Google Sheets, Document & Drive)
- Advocate and speaker at international and national fora on strategic advocacy issues relating to refugees and conflict-related sexual violence
- Generic writer (academic and advocacy writings) and blogger
- Content developer for curriculums, training manuals, and user guides on conflict-related sexual violence and refugee rights and protection (specifically for training for civil society actors and rule of law stakeholders including Police, Military, Prisons, Immigration officers)
- Ambassadorial and diplomatic briefer on sexual violence and forced migration issues
- Men and boys’ engager on inclusive SGBVP programming and positive masculinities
- Inclusive gender practitioner
- Social media strategist, manager, and analyst for strategic advocacy (user of TweetDeck, Hootsuite, & Buffer)
- Online podcast producer, host, and trainer
Currently Programme Manager of the Gender & Sexuality Programme of Refugee Law Project (RLP). For the past 9 years, I have garnered progressive work experience in conducting evidence-based research, policy advocacy and direct service provision to urban refugees in Kampala, and training duty bearers including the Uganda Police, Military, Civil Society Organisations, University students, and Refugee leaders, on refugees-related issues.
I have coordinated strategic research projects on conflict-related sexual violence through RLP’s partners inter alia, School of Global Studies-Göteborg University, Institute of Development Students, Organisation for Refuge, Asylum and Migration (ORAM), Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Women Refugee Commission.
While at SOAS, I participated in SOAS Sanctuary Scholarship Appeal #EducationBeyondBorders, to support displaced people who cannot access student finance, a chance to enter higher education in UK. Alongside studies, I hosted a weekly talkshows on refugee issues at SOAS Radio in a programme titled ‘SOAS Refugee Forum‘. The programme offered interviews with lecturers, researchers, students, refugees, policy makers and practitioners working on refugee-related issues in and out of London, to raise awareness on the plight of refugees, and increase knowledge on refugees and forced migration.
Onen David Ongwech