Gender based violence and its impact on refugees in Kansanga-Kampala, Uganda

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Kampala International University. College of Humanities and Social Sciences
This study examined gender based violence and its impact on refugees in Kansanga, Kampala. The study objectives were: to examine the prevalence of GBV among refugees in Kansanga, Kampala, to analyze the key drivers of GBV among refugees in Kansanga, Kampala and to evaluate the consequences of GBV on the affected refugees in Kansanga, Kampala. The study employed a cross sectional research design with a combination of both qualitative and quantitative methods in data collection. Accordingly, the data collection methods were face-to-face interviews and focus group discussion (FGD), and 234 respondents participated in the study. It states that women’s rights organizations and their movements create and sustain change: supporting women’s rights organizations, especially those working to tackle violence against women and girls, to make change and build strong and inclusive social movements is a very effective mechanism for ensuring sustainable change in the lives of women and girls. The study findings revealed that 40.3% respondents strongly disagreed that, gender-based violence existed in the refugee neighborhoods. This implies that there are cases of gender based violence among urban refugees especially those living in Kansanga. Insecurity, restricted livelihood opportunities, poverty, sex, cultural practices, religious practices, volubility of refugees, poor police crime monitoring systems, self-perception and the general perception of being a foreigner were discovered to be key drivers of GBV affecting refugees in Kansanga. The study concludes that gender based violence is high among refugees and has major consequences in them. As government and other stakeholders try to deal with external factors directly, refugees should also try to deal with internal factors like their cultural and religious perspectives among others. There should be a deliberate will from refugees to lobby the government in the prevention of Gender Based Violence.
A Thesis Submitted to the College of Humanities and Social Sciences in Partial Fulfilment of the Requirement ‘S for the Award of Master of Art’s Degree in Human Rights and Development of Kampala International University
Gender based violence, Refugees, Kansanga-Kampala, Uganda