• Survivors’ Voices Uganda

    Infusing law and policy with the voices of survivors of conflict-related sexual violence.

  • Project Overview

    Survivors’ Voices Uganda (SVU) aims to bring positive solutions and make a long-lasting difference to the wellbeing of survivors of conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV).

     

    Survivors of CRSV often face social stigmatisation and marginalisation. International law and academic research generally remains detached from peoples’ everyday experience, and responses tend to frame these complex socio-cultural gender issues in universal formal language and technical legalese, failing to support and take seriously the rooted experiences and voices of survivors.

     

    Seeing a need for dynamic work in this area, this network was formed to devise effective solutions. Through a year-long networking and workshop programme that brought together researchers, activists and creatives from Uganda and the UK to listen and learn from survivors of CRSV, ensuring that people's lived experiences inform the work of Civil Society Organisations, national and international law practitioners, legal educators and academics.

  • Activities

     

    Our ambition was to find ways to inform the future drafting and interpretation of law and policy, through incorporating the voices and lived experiences of CRSV survivors of conflict. To achieve this we brought academics, civil society organisations, government representatives and survivors of CRSV together for a series of workshops and networking opportunities that explored different perspectives on dignity, gender equality, diversity and inclusion, women's empowerment, social protection and integration.

     

    Regional Trainers Workshop

    February 17-18, 2020

    Survivors and Activists Workshop

    February 20-21, 2020

    Writing Retreat

     

    May-June, 2020

  • Testimonies

    Click on the pictures below to watch stories from our team and partners

     

  • Meet the team

    Survivors’ Voices Uganda is led by Professor Jill Marshall, Dept of Law and Criminology, Royal Holloway University of London, and Dr Josephine Ndagire, School of Law, Makerere University, Kampala, with Caroline Obbo and Grancia Mugalula.

     

    Committed to turning our research into action, we have worked extensively with survivors of CRSV, partnered with community activists and educators including [insert CSOs and partners], and also worked with the Regional Training Facility of the Great Lakes Region and Ugandan illustrator, King (@King_Est94), who captured artistic representations of survivors experiences voices.

  • Professor Jill Marshall

    Dept of Law and Criminology

    Royal Holloway, University of London, UK

    Dr Josephine Ndagire

    School of Public and International Law

    Makerere University, Kampala,

    Uganda

    Caroline Obbo

    School of Public and International Law

    Makerere University, Kampala,

    Uganda

    Grancia Mugalula

    School of Public and International Law

    Makerere University, Kampala,

    Uganda

  • Partners

    ‘Survivors’ Voices Uganda: Infusing law and policy with the voices of survivors of conflict-related sexual violence’ was supported by a networking grant from The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). GCRF is an initiative that aims to support cutting-edge interdisciplinary research that addresses the global issues faced by developing countries. The GCRF is administered through 17 delivery partners including the Research Councils, UK National Academies, UK Space Agency and other funding bodies. GCRF networking grants will be delivered as part of the Joint Academies Resilient Futures Program. The Academy of Medical Sciences will work collaboratively across the GCRF delivery partners to ensure that these grants provide opportunities for researchers, drawn from a wide spectrum of disciplines and backgrounds, to develop new collaborations, improve interactions between UK researchers and those in developing countries and build communities of researchers that can submit high quality applications for other GCRF funding calls.