Tool of warfare and African social crisis: the epidemic of gender-based violence — an interview with Catherine Akurut

So widespread is gender-based violence in African societies and so deleterious the effects on the many victims that the crime can be considered a public health issue. Catherine Akurut, an IOA consultant and conflict resolution practitioner based in Uganda, calls gender-based violence in Africa an “epidemic.” Gender-based violence is not restricted to conflict zones; and indeed some militaries use gender-based violence as a weapon of sorts, sanctioning and perhaps ordering soldiers to commit rape and…

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Improving accountability for conflict-related sexual violence in Africa

  By Ketty Anyeko, Kim Thuy Seelinger & Julie Freccero Local practitioners who work with survivors of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) on a daily basis during peacetime also play a vital role in accountability for conflict-period SGBV. With appropriate training and resources, they can even contribute to the documentation and prosecution of SGBV committed as a war crime, crime against humanity, and act of genocide. This Peace Brief illustrates how new research from the Human…

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Meet Arua’s first midwife

Meet Arua’s first midwife

Ruth Ogena Obetia joined midwifery because her father asked her to do so and save other women from dying during childbirth. Although she blindly followed her father’s advice, she did not know that the decision would make her the first native midwife in Arua District. By the time she trained to become a midwife in the 1950s, Ruth Ogena Obetia did not know she would be the first midwife in her district, later on work…

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Putting boda bodas to work as ambulances in rural Uganda

Putting boda bodas to work as ambulances in rural Uganda

  Using Public transport services in Uganda, can mean taking a ride on the infamous motorcycle taxis commonly known as boda boda, which often don’t respect any traffic rules in the country’s capital, Kampala. But in some rural communities, the motorbikes are better known for providing a life-saving emergency health service in the form of ambulances. Patience Atuhaire took a trip to see them in action in Mukono District, east of Kampala. Source: BBC Focus…

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