Survivors’ Voices Uganda focused on listening and learning from survivors of conflict related sexual violence (CRSV) in Uganda.
Uganda is home to the largest group of refugees in the world, having fled from many conflicts and countries in the region. Since 1987, Northern Uganda has also experienced intense CRSV as part of the Lord’s Resistance Army’s (LRA) occupation. Whilst the last attacks by LRA in Uganda were reported in 2009, survivors of CRSV and their children continue to be stigmatized by family members and the larger community. Perceived and legally positioned as rebels and criminals, survivors struggle with reintegration, financial hardship, a lack of livelihood opportunities and challenges in providing an education for their children.
The government of Uganda has made efforts towards providing reparations for victims of CRSV in Northern Uganda, but there is wide consensus among survivors that interventions have been insufficient and failed to reflect their experiences.
In 2019, the School of Law, Makerere University (SoLMak) and Royal Holloway University of London (RHUL) received a networking grant from the Academy of Medical Sciences and the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) to explore how survivors experiences of CRSV could be captured and better inform the work of Civil Society Organisations, national and international law practitioners, legal educators and academics.
We brought together a multidisciplinary team in a series of workshops to explore the issues facing survivors of CRSV, and used creative methodologies to capture their experiences and share positive solutions that could make a long-lasting difference to their health and wellbeing.
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