Ms. magazine  -- more than a magazine a movement

SIGN UP FOR MS. DIGEST, JOBS, NEWS AND ALERTS

FEMINIST WIRE NEWSBRIEFS

ABOUT
SEE CURRENT ISSUE
SHOP MS. STORE
MS. IN THE CLASSROOM
FEMINIST DAILY WIRE
FEMINIST RESOURCES
PRESS
JOBS AT MS.
READ BACK ISSUES
CONTACT
RSS (XML)
 
feminist wire | daily newsbriefs

June-21-05

Study Finds Violence Against Women Pervasive in Ugandan Refugee Camp

A study by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) reveals high levels of sexual and physical violence committed against women and girls in the Pabbo camp for internally displaced persons (IDP), Uganda's largest war refugee camp. The study, “Suffering in Silence: A Study of Sexual and Gender Based Violence,” found that 60 percent of women in Pabbo have experienced some form of sexual or physical violence. The three most common forms of violence were rape, child abuse, and physical assault committed by male friends, soldiers, and spouses.

In a country that has been at war for over 19 years, with over a million people currently displaced, at least 70 percent of the 67,000 people seeking refuge in the Pabbo IDP camp are women and children, according to Reuters. The UNICEF study was commissioned in coordination with the Gulu District’s Sub-Committee on Sexual and Gender-based Violence to examine the scope of violence against women in Ugandan refugee camps and to identify means of addressing this violence.

The UNICEF report faults a “culture of silence” surrounding the reporting and response to sexual violence as one among many factors, including poverty and lack of civilian security, that have contributed to high rates of violence against women and girls in Pabbo IDP. Martin Mogwanja, a UNICEF representative in Uganda, indicated UNICEF’s commitment to improving the situation for women and girls, saying that the agency will work to improve police response, as well health care for victims, both key areas identified for improvement in the report.

DONATE to the Feminist Majority Foundation and support our work for women’s rights globally

Media Resources: IRINnews.org 6/17/05, UNICEF 6/15/05; AllAfrica.com 6/15/05; Reuters 6/15/05


© Feminist Majority Foundation, publisher of Ms. magazine

If you liked this story, consider making a tax-deductible donation to support Ms. magazine.

 

 

Send to a Friend
Their
Your
Comments
(optional)


More Feminist News

3/27/2015 Security and Women's Rights are Essential to Afghan Recovery - President Ashraf Ghani and a delegation of some 70 plus Afghan leaders came to the US this week to urge Congress and President Obama to extend the deadline for removing support troops from Afghanistan. . . .
 
3/27/2015 Senate 'Vote-A-Rama' Passes Amendments for Equal Pay, Pregnant Workers, Paid Leave, Benefits for Same-Sex Couples - A bipartisan majority of Senators this week voted in favor of budget amendments that show growing momentum for paid sick leave for employees, social security and veterans benefits for same-sex couples, equal pay, and fair treatment for pregnant workers. The votes, though significant, are symbolic. . . .
 
3/25/2015 Afghan Woman Beaten to Death for Burning Koran - A 27-year-old woman ‎who reportedly burned a copy of the Koran inside of a riverside shrine in Kabul, Afghanistan was brutally beaten and burned alive on Thursday. Shocking videos quickly spread on social media showing crowds of men surrounded by hundreds of onlookers assaulting the 27-year-old Farkhunda with bricks and sticks and repeatedly kicking her. . . .