Refugee Law Project

The Refugee Law Project, based at Makerere University in Kampala, works to ensure that all people enjoy their human rights, irrespective of their legal status. It seeks to empower asylum seekers, refugees, deportees, IDPs and host communities in Uganda to enjoy their human rights and lead dignified lives.

The Gender & Sexuality Programme works to ensure that all people access, recover and enjoy their sexual and gender being and rights, and to raise global awareness of the close relationship between violations of sexuality and gender, and patterns of forced migration. It is grounded in the reality that many persons do not access their sexual and gender rights due to social, cultural, political and legal obstacles, while many others lose their rights, as a result of sexual and gender-based violence, particularly in times of conflict, and in the search for asylum. An important emphasis of such engagement has been to highlight the invisibility of men’s and boy’s experiences of sexual violence, and the extreme marginalisation and isolation faced by male survivors.

The work of the Gender & Sexuality Programme helps to shape the research agenda of the Conflict, Transitional Justice & Governance Programme, not least in investigating the issues around gender identities (particularly masculinities) in post-conflict recovery periods, as well as the documentation of legacies of sexual violence for the purposes of future transitional justice processes.

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