UNHCR Uganda: Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) Thematic Report (September 2019)
3643: Total incidents Jan-Sept
3643 (3097F/546M) SGBV incidents were reported between January and September 2019 in the refugee hosting districts. In September, 469(432F/37M) incidents were reported. There was an improvement in the time between incident and reporting in Arua as logged in the GBV Information Management System. Compared to August where only 10% of cases were reported between 0-3 days, 37% of cases in September were reported within 0-3days of occurrence. This is attributed to continuous community sensitization on timely reporting.
PSEA: Following the establishment of the PSEA Focal Point Network and training in Bidibidi in August, UNHCR convened the first meeting of the PSEA network in September. Participants from 13 agencies shared various actions taken since the trainings such as training of staff on PSEA, incorporation of PSEA messages into existing activities including radio programmes and gender programmes, reviewing internal procedures on PSEA as well as handling cases of SEA within their organisations. The network is embarking on focus group discussions (FGDs) with community members on Community Based Complaints Mechanism (CBCM).
33 sessions of the Girls shine methodology were conducted to address barriers to development and education of girls aged 10-19 in Arua. 835 girls discussed about life skills, healthy relationships, communicating choices, social and emotional skills and stress management. As a result, girls are learning how to control impulses, understand one’s feelings and emotions, recognize healthy relationships and deal with challenges. In Bidibidi, 170 adolescent girls were engaged through the girl shine program where they were involved in a series of sessions covering topics relating to building trust, social & emotional skills, safety, visioning, health and hygiene and solidarity. These sessions empower girls and build on their potential to take charge of their own lives and ambitions.
UNHCR monitored the operation of the Women and Girls Centres (WGCs) of Imvepi Zone II, which were recently handed over by CARE to OPM. Of the 3 WGCs visited, only one centre in village 19 was active with Child Voice activities of tailoring, psychosocial support and hair dressing. UNHCR held a meeting with OPM and IRC to discuss the handover of these facilities to UNHCR’s implementing partner and continue with the provision of services and assistance to women and girls of zone 2.
As of the end of September, 3155 women and girls accessed the Women Centres of Imvepi and Rhino Camp Settlements. The activities they engaged in include psychosocial group counselling, sensitization on SGBV and referral pathways, knitting, tailoring, bakery, hair dressing, music and drama. Also, 60 female refugees attended functional adult literacy classes (FAL). In addition, mobile group psycho-social support sessions were conducted in Arua reaching 523 women that otherwise would not be able to benefit from these activities because of limited mobility and long distances.
In Bidibidi, 104 (24 new, 80 old) women and girls including survivors accessed the women and girls’ safe spaces. They engaged in psycho-social support activities and experience sharing.
In Rwamwanja, Zero Tolerance Village Alliance (ZTVA) award ceremonies were held in Kikurura zone for village A and B (under UNHCR funding) and in Base Camp IV (under Church of Sweden funding). 1056 (482M/574F) refugees were awarded certificates of completion for their six months training on ZTVA. The training is aimed at using the awarded beneficiaries to train other community members to eradicate SGBV in their communities thereby promoting community participation in their own protection. The sustainability plan is continuous monitoring by the SGBV Task Force to the specific communities.
As of the end of September, 15 EMAP sessions were facilitated in Imvepi and Omugo, reaching 312 (208F/104M) individuals. 09 Sessions targeted women and focused on understanding violence against women, girl’s safety mapping, ideal community safety planning while 06 sessions targeting men focused on introduction to EMAP, understanding violence and safety plan.