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What is the humanitarian need?

By its nature, having a communication disability makes the reporting of GBV challenging or impossible. UNHCR and other humanitarian stakeholders in Rwanda have identified an urgent need for social models of support that involve sensitising and training front-line workers to increase awareness of, and sensitivity to, the particular issues facing GBV survivors who have with communication disabilities in reporting, accessing legal redress and receiving psychosocial/medical and safety support.

In order to achieve this aim, both the challenges experienced by GBV survivors who have a communication disability, and the challenges of workers to support them, need to be more fully understood.

What is the innovative solution?

This project has potential to support the further understanding of the intersectional nature of GBV and the multifaceted vulnerability of persons with intersecting inequalities including those arising from communication disability.

The relative stability of the Rwandan context provides a good opportunity for exploration, and the results of the analysis may be applied further afield.

The project will build a consortium of key stakeholders who have the willingness and capacity to take this work forward. The project will provide the necessary knowledge and understanding to facilitate the next stage of work – which will be to design resources to train front line workers to better support GBV survivors who have a communication disability.

What are the expected outcomes?

Following field visits, interviews with key service-providers and carers of people with communication disability and a stakeholder workshop, the following outputs will be produced:

  • a review of literature on GBV, communication disability and related topics;
  • the development of a consortium of relevant stakeholders for future project design and implementation;
  • recommendations to develop adequate responses to ensure that persons with communication disabilities are able to disclose instances of GBV and to benefit from equitable access to appropriate safety plans, psychosocial and medical services, thereby exercising their right to legal redress and support.

Project Resources

Article Gender-based Violence

Vulnerability of refugees with communication disabilities to SGBV: evidence from Rwanda

Report Gender-based Violence

Final Report: Supporting refugee-survivors of GBV with communication disability

Literature Review Gender-based Violence

Understanding Sexual and Gender- Based Violence against Refugees with a Communication Disability

Latest Updates

MMU receive new HIF grant

01 Apr 2018

MMU and their partners receive a HIF grant to continue investigating SGBV service access and community protection for refugees with Communication Disabilities

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2018Apr

Field data collection – challenges and successes

20 Oct 2016

Following evidence gathering of the potential risk of SGBV for refugees with communication disability (CD) and the difficulties they face with disclosure and in accessing support, it was time to find out the real situation on the ground.

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2016Oct

The grim reality

30 Sept 2016

What if you have a disability? A great deal of evidence exposes the increased risk to SGBV of people with disabilities across the globe, most acutely in forced displacement.

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Sept

In the beginning….

18 Aug 2016

As a communication disability expert, Helen Barrett could imagine the difficulties that refugee-survivors of SGBV with communication disability would face in accessing support and redress following abuse.

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Aug

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