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By Darius King Kabafunzaki (Published 11th November 2016)

The Media for Social Change (M4SC) programme of the Refugee Law Project was recently mandated by the International Crimes Division (ICD) of the High Court of Uganda to document the proceedings of the pre-trial conference for Thomas Kwoyelo, a former Lord’s Resistance Army commander, that took place on 15th – 16th August 2016 at Gulu High Court. This followed a recommendation by the Democratic Governance Facility (DGF), one of our major funders, having noted our growing reputation and record of using media for advocacy and awareness creation. 

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By Dieudonne Maganya (Published 29th August 2016)

Early 2014, the Refugee Law Project (RLP), School of Law Makerere University together with Institute for Development Studies (IDS) jointly delivered a weeklong training to a peer support group of male victims of conflict-related sexual violence. The training was on how to use film to advocate for self. The experience was thrilling and besides the empowerment and the skills, a short film was made out of that experience. The group used that short film, “The Bench”, as a launch-pad to more ambitious projects in audio-visual media. Indeed, after another workshop and a targeted refresher training in film making in late 2015, the same group made a longer and more complex film, “Men Can Be Raped Too”. 

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By Darius King Kabafunzaki & Dieudonne Maganya

This article was originally posted on IDS blog

In May 2015, the Refugee Law Project of Makerere University, together with IDS, embarked on a project that sought to document and understand men’s collective action in response to sexual and gender based violence (SGBV). Unusually, it considered a case in which men’s action is focused on responding to the sexual violence they have themselves experienced, rather than as change agents in attitudes towards violence against women.

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