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Uganda: UNHCR Monthly Protection Update - Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) (January 2019)

Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda
January developments 279 new incidents (256F/23M) were reported from 13 refugee hosting districts and documented in the GBVIMS. All survivors received basic counselling along with other services such as health, legal, safe house, security and livelihood assistance. PSEA awareness sessions: In Arua 150 (87M/63F) RWC’s, community based volunteers, LCs,
Women Counsellors were trained on PSEA including the reporting channels and their roles as leaders to ensure reporting of sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) cases and reduce the risk of exposure to the vice. Other topics included their legal responsibilities to ensure survivors of violence access services, enhance reporting to mention but a few. Capacity building for service providers: To strengthen reporting and referrals of SEA incidents, IRC conducted a 3 day training on PSEA for partners and CBOs in Yumbe with participation of 28 partners and 14 CBO members.
Participants from this training are expected to provide similar learning sessions within their organisations and to their beneficiaries. These will initiate the formation of a SEA committee in Bidibidi to amplify reporting of cases. In Arua, 15 (6F/9M) Service Providers drawn from the Police,
Health workers, Community leaders, Women Representatives from RWCs and LCs and NGO partners were trained on SGBV prevention, response and strengthening the referral pathway in Imvepi settlement. Community mobilization and outreach: In Adjumani 5 mentorship meetings were conducted during the reporting period, aimed at checking on the performance and challenges of the Awareness phase and strategies on how to roll out SASA Support phase with Activists. This was done in the settlement of Maaji I, II, III, Oliji and Mireiyi and a total of 103 refugee participants (34M/69F) attended. In Rhino, 4 training sessions targeting 148 adolescent girls on reproductive health and SGBV, were organized with the aim of equipping the girls to be change agents against SGBV and encouraging them to prevent and fight abuse and perpetrators. The girls also received a set of dignity kit (soap, sanitary pads, basin, bucket and underwear) for their reproductive health. A further 4 training sessions on life skills targeting 168 adolescent (89 girls and 79 boys) were conducted in the same location with the aim of positioning the adolescents as change agents in addressing their sexuality issues and to be able to support sexuality education for their peers and community. In Adjumani 05 awareness sessions on the prevention of SGBV were held and attended by 140 participants (38F/102M). A further 06 meetings were carried out with the male action groups in Ayilo II, Oliji and Mungula I II during the month and attended by 40 participants. These meetings are intended to increase engagement and change mind set of men and boys towards prevention and response to SGBV. In Imvempi and Rhino Camp, a total of 92 awareness and sensitization campaign sessions were held, reaching out to 11,609 (7343F/4266M) refugees and host communities. This helped the team disseminate information on women and girls centre services and the referral pathway. Other discussions were held on harmful cultural practices to families and community and empowering the men, women, girls and boys to access information on SGBV while emphasizing on: reporting of SGBV cases to partners and leaders within 72
PSEA and its reporting mechanisms, SGBV and Security R SGBV and personal hygiene, Sexual Reproductive Health Rights, Complaints/Feedback mechanisms, SGBV Referral Pathway, women’s participation, governance decision making and the role of leaders in women’s empowerment. The methodologies used to carry out the sessions included door to door sensitization, family/community dialogues, mass campaigns to mention but a few. In the same settlements, 8 girl shine sessions with 134 girls were conducted and focused on communicating without words and managing stress.
The topics discussed in listening skills and emotional skills and this helped to empower the girls to learn how to control impulses, understands ones feelings and emotions and learn how to deal with challenges and enhance a healthy relationships.
Similarly, Six (6) EMAP sessions were conducted with 122 men in focusing on gender roles in the home. This enabled the men to explore: the harmful traditional practices/beliefs and how to address them as well as generate the good practices men need to adopt with their families to ensure they all feel safe. Other routine activities at the women centres continued with 150 adolescent girls participating in the Girl shine sessions with a focus on preparing for school. Various life skills activities also took place, including baking, knitting, soap making and others.
The EA$E discussion group series sessions with the VSLA women and their spouses were attended by 21 spouses.


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