Towards an Anti-Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Norm in the Great Lakes Region of Africa
This qualitative study was informed by interviews and focus group discussions with women's organisations
and Ministries of Gender in the various countries. This was complemented by a review of literature on SGBV in the region. The research process was guided by the content of a checklist developed by the Civil Society Coordinating Committee on the SGBV Declaration. The checklist was designed following the signing of the declaration as a means to keep track of whether or not countries had fulfilled their obligations. As such, it seeks to document whether or not the actions and priorities in the declaration have been carried out. While this allows for documenting whether or not provisions were implemented, it does not provide detailed information expounding on the nature of actions taken. As such, the information gathered and reflected in this assessment is limited in that regard. The research team was also constrained by limited access to specific data or information in different countries and this is reflected in the report. This report introduces the reader to the ICGLR SGBV framework and goes on to discuss the progress made by each country under the three priority areas of SGBV prevention, punishment and protection as well as support and compensation for survivors. It also reflects country-specific challenges and recommendations. Ultimately, the report makes conclusions based on the general findings and matches these with recommendations to support stronger implementation of the 2011 Kampala declaration.
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