Into The Mainstream: Addressing Sexual Violence against Men and Boys in Conflict

A briefing paper prepared for the workshop held at the Overseas Development Institute, London, 14 May 2014 This briefing paper provides an overview of existing and new research on the reality of sexual violence against men and boys in conflict situations, highlights the importance of the Rome Statute's definition of sexual violence in enabling comprehensive responses to people of all genders, and emphasises the humanitarian principles which should inform responses.
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The Journey This Far: RLP Gender & Sexuality Programme Issue #1, May 2014

 The Journey This Far: RLP Gender & Sexuality Programme Issue #1, May 2014This publication highlights the progress of the Gender and Sexuality Programme of the Refugee Law Project for the last 6 months (September 2013 – April 2014). It brings to front key issues that the Refugee Law Project has been working on regarding Gender and Sexuality in forced migration, analyses how the objectives of the Gender and Sexuality Programme have been implemented, and highlights key achievements. In this issue, you will see key outcomes, results and impacts of our best practices on Gender and Sexuality, an account of our successes presented with pictures, examples of key developments and quotes. This issue largely presents our work on conflict related sexual violence as well as violence in times of ‘peace’.
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Resource Pack on Working with Men and Boys on Sexual and Gender Violence Issues

Resource Pack on Working with Men and Boys on Sexual and Gender Violence IssuesDear Friends and Colleagues, we are pleased to share with you a PDF version of our Resource Pack on Working with Men and Boys on Sexual and Gender Violence Issues. This is a compilation of some our resources on working with men and boys survivors of conflict related sexual violence since 2009 in Uganda. Each Resource Pack has 4 DVDs enclosed. The first DVD holds a collection of documents, reports and publications on Men and Boys survivors of sexual violence. The second DVD contains our major feature documentary titled “Gender Against Men.” The third DVD is a collection of our short films and the fourth DVD is a compilation of media coverage on our work on conflict related sexual violence against men and boys. Below is the outline
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A Report on Police Training at Central Police Station, Kampala 18th – 20th Feb 2014

A Report on Police Training at Central Police Station, Kampala 18th – 20th Feb 2014We are pleased to share with you a report on training of Police officers that we are conducting in Kampala on Prevention and Response to Sexual Gender Based Violence (SGBV). The training was conducted at Central Police Station, (CPS) Kampala from 18th to 20th February 2014.

The training was to enable police officials become knowledgeable on Sexual Gender Based Violence (SGBV) and be able to provide quality, compassionate, non-discriminatory and timely SGBVP prevention and response services to all survivors within urban refugee communities and to equip police officers with relevant laws and policies on SGBV and context relevant policy instruments. for details baout the training, please downnload the report from the link bellow.
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A Report on the Fifth Annual Sexual and Gender Based Violence and Persecution Awareness Week

Every year since 2009 Refugee Law Project (RLP) has organized an Annual Sexual and Gender Based Violence and Persecution Awareness Week. Coordinated by our own Gender and Sexuality Program. The week generates advocacy, dialogue and awareness on pertinent SGBVP and related gender and sexuality issues in forced migration and refugee situations.
In 2013 refugee leaders of the support groups affiliated to RLP proposed and decided on the theme “From Sexual Violence in Conflict to Domestic Violence in Peace”. This resonated with our daily work with a wide range of forced migrants.  
For the first time, the activities of the week extended to the RLP’s field offices and various refugee communities in and outside Kampala. In addition to the official opening of our new field offices in Mbarara and Hoima, we reached thousands of refugees in Nakivale and Kyangwali refugee settlement in Isingiro and Hoima districts respectively. Activities were also extended to Gulu, Kitgum, Kotido (office currently closed), Hoima and Mbarara.
We are pleased now to share with you the attached report for the 5th Annual Sexual Gender Based Violence and Persecution Awareness Week.
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Male Survivors of Sexual Violence in Kampala Demand for Better Services

Male Survivors of Sexual Violence in Kampala Demand for Better Services An excerpt from Men of Hope’s Second Anniversary; a refugee led support group of male survivors of sexual violence in Kampala

On 30th January 2014, Men of Hope commemorated its second anniversary at Grand Global Hotel in Kampala. 140 participants attended the event; of whom 70 were male survivors of sexual violence. Other invited guests that attended the anniversary were representatives from the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), and partner Civil Society Organizations. 16 leaders from other support groups from Kampala, Isingiro and Gulu district also took part.
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Comments On the International Criminal Court Draft Policy Paper On Sexual and Gender Based Crimes

Submitted By Refugee Law Project 23 February 2014. We are pleased to share with you our Commentary on the International Criminal Court Draft (ICC) Policy on Sexual and Gender Based Crimes, which we submitted to the Office of the Prosecutor on 23 February 2014, in response to a public call for comments.
This commentary was prepared by the RLP in collaboration with the International Human Rights Law Clinic, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law.
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Identifying sexual violence and access to HIV service among male refugees in Uganda

This presentation titled “Identifying sexual violence and access to HIV service among male refugees in Uganda” was delivered in Bangkok in October 2013 during SVRI conference, and was jointly developed with our partners from Johns Hopkins University of Public Health.

In January 2013, the Center for Public Health and Human Rights, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Refugee Law Project, School of Law, Makerere Universtiy started a collaborative research project on “Assessment Screening to Identify Survivors Toolkit for Gender Based Violence (ASIST-GBV) for Men and Boys in Uganda” funded by the United States Bureau of Population Refugees and Migration funded this project. It builds on JHU’s previous research and success in developing the ASIST-GBV to screen and identify female refugee and IDP survivors of GBV in Ethiopia and Colombia, as well as on Refugee Law Project’s extensive experience working in Uganda with male refugee and IDP survivors of sexual violence.

The aim of the project was to develop a screening tool for systematic identification of refugees and IDP men and boy survivors of sexual violence in conflict and post-conflict settings. Prior to this project, no such screening tool has ever been developed, and it is seemed highly probable that only a small proportion of male survivors of GBV ever report their experience and/or access appropriate services.

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Roundtable discussion with Police Officers and Police Surgeons

Refugee Law Project organized a roundtable discussion with Police officers and Police Surgeons that took place on Wednesday 19th April 2013. The roundtable was a result of key issues emerging from the various trainings, which suggested a need to conduct several follow-ups, including the roundtable, to maximize effective response to and prevention of Sexual Gender Based Violence and Persecution.

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