Africa: structural violence begets sexual violence
Goma, Nairobi, 8 March 2015 – Not only does it cause untold psychological and physical harm to individuals, sexual violence destroys the social fabric of societies. While protection from harm and support for survivors are essential, the elimination of sexual- and gender-based violence (SGBV) requires the adoption of a systematic approach. Communities given space to work together to change harmful norms and practices, and supported by governments implementing prevention strategies and enforcing judicial sanctions.

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Kenya: Protecting women and children in Kakuma
Kakuma, 08 March 2013 - Bridging the gender gap and protecting women and children are priorities for most, if not all, NGOs and UN agencies in the camp. Year after year, campaigns are organised to raise awareness of the plight of women, and education and training courses seek to strengthen the position of women. Concerted efforts are made to ensure the many cases reported receive public attention and the perpetrators punished for their crimes.

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Women crucial in post-conflict recovery
Nairobi, 8 March 2011 – Women contribute greatly towards the recovery of countries emerging from conflict and war. However, these countries could recover faster if women were given more support.

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Ethiopia: Urban refugees learn about issues affecting women in developing countries
Addis Ababa, 27 January 2011 – As part of its mandate to empower refugees through the provision non-formal education, this year’s JRS annual trip focused on raising their awareness of obstetric fistula (or vaginal fistula), a disease affecting women in developing countries largely caused during child birth, as well as sexual violence, particularly gang rape.

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Ethiopia: Refugee women launch beauty salon
Addis Ababa, 3 December 2010 – Refugee women launched a beauty salon that will help them become self-reliant on the premises of the JRS Refugee Community Center (RCC) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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Kenya: when resettlement is the only long-term option
Achuei is a 26 year-old Sudanese woman. She left Sudan in 1992, after her home was attacked and she became separated from the rest of her family. She was brought to Kakuma refugee camp, northern Kenya, where she started primary school. However, in 1993 her father arrived in Kakuma from Sudan. He stopped her from attending school and the following year, when she was 14 years old, he forced her to marry a man against her will. When she refused, the young man took her and nearly beat her to death; he later raped her in front of his relatives.

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Uganda: Out of the pan into the fire
Kampala, 10 March 2010  Bakola (not her real name) is a Congolese refugee woman living in Uganda. Like many others she was forced to flee from her country in 2000 and sought refuge in neighbouring Burundi. Since her husband was murdered in Congo she was alone with four children, not knowing how to proceed when she first arrived. Looking at her children starving, suffering from sicknesses and having no help, committing suicide for some time appeared as the only solution.

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