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UNHCR Uganda: Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) Thematic Report (September 2018)

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Key Figures
4397
Total incidents January to September
399
Total incidents in September
84%
Incidents among adults
16%
Incidents among children

Developments

  • In September, 399 (35M, 364F) incidents were reported from 13 refugee hosting districts. SGBV incidents dropped from 532 in August to 399 in September. Most incidents occurred at night and were perpetrated by intimate partners. Kisoro and Kampala districts, reported the highest incidents of sexual violence (Rape and sexual assault). In settlements, physical assault was the most reported incident. Among males, denial of resources and emotional abuse at household level were the key incidents reported.
  • Key factors contributing to SGBV include; alcoholism, poverty, power imbalances between men and women, conflict and complexities within urban that increase vulnerability to SEA.
  • All Survivors received psychosocial support and were referred to health, legal, livelihood and security service providers based on need and consent. UNHCR and partners continue to strengthen SGBV prevention activities.
  • The SGBV working Group conducted a joint SGBV monitoring visit in 9 health facilities in Bidibidi and identified key gaps in service delivery, which inter alia included: minimal adherence to treatment protocol due to stock out of essential drugs, poor data management, limited knowledge on SGBV and lack of designated focal points for survivor support.
  • Numerous advocacy interventions aimed at improving service delivery were conducted with GoU and key service providers. In Adjumani, UNHCR through the SGBV Working Group facilitated a meeting with police officers and health care providers to discuss issues relating to referral pathways that affect timely response to survivors. Major concerns such as medical fees imposed on survivors and perpetrators in government referral hospitals, logistical challenges experienced by police in the settlements and accountability for PF3 Forms were discussed. Partners recommended decentralization of funds from the Ministry of Internal Affairs to the District level to cover examination fees at government referral hospitals as a possible solution.