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Gendered dimensions of health in refugee situations: An examination of sexual and gender-based violence faced by refugee women in Nakivale refugee settlement, Uganda

Mwenyango, Hadijah


Hadijah Mwenyango


This article analyses the interplay between women’s social identity, migration and manifestation of sexual and gender-based violence. The research used mixed quantitative and qualitative methods. The findings show experiences of domestic, sexual, community and survival violence. Their predicaments are exacerbated by socio-cultural and structural influences, and despite commitments for protecting refugees, more has to be done to meet the needs of victims. The article reveals the urgency for the adoption of gender-responsive and rights-based approaches in refugee interventions. The capacity of frontline workers must be enhanced to detect violence, appreciate the needs and rights of victims and provide appropriate support.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 24, 2021
Online Publication Date Jun 3, 2021
Publication Date 2023-07
Deposit Date Jul 21, 2022
Journal International Social Work
Print ISSN 0020-8728
Electronic ISSN 1461-7234
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 66
Issue 4
Pages 1247–1261
Keywords Migration, refugee women, rights, sexual and gender-based violence, social work, victims
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