Dr. Chris Dolan
In this edition of the Current Events Podcasts, host Gwenith Cross joins Dr. Chris Dolan, Director of the Refugee Law Project in Kampala, Uganda. One third of sexual violence survivors who seek assistance from the Refugee Law Project are male and in this podcast Dolan addresses the many challenges faced by male sexual violence survivors. The Refugee Law Project aims to raise awareness among service providers as under-reporting leads to insufficient services for men.
Refugee Law Project programs focus on: targeted support; individual support and arranging medical treatment; non-stigmatizing medical support; support groups, which have proven to be the most effective therapy; and supporting survivors to be their own advocates.
Refugee Law Project has been working to amplify the voices of male survivors through a series of short films.
To understand more about conflict related sexual violence and how male survivors are working as activists in Uganda, Refugee Law Project invites you to watch the film “Men Can Be Raped Too,” available online here.
Breaking the silence around sexual violence against men in conflict, this 28-minute film captures the multiple difficulties men face after going through conflict-related sexual violence.
The film was scripted, directed, acted and filmed by members of ‘Men of Hope,’ a support group of male refugee survivors of conflict-related sexual violence.
The Refugee Law Project has also produced 5 Journeys to Activism videos. These five-minute activist stories were made by male survivors of sexual violence in Uganda.
Alain Kabenga, first President of Men of Hope Refugee Association in Uganda, 2012 – 2015, and founder of One Voice.
Thierry Inongi, lawyer, composer and member of Men of Hope
Steven Kighoma, activist and peer counsellor
Joseph, author and script-writer, senior advisor and peer counselor, Men of Hope
Aime Moninga, activist, actor, and current President of Men of Hope Refugee Association in Uganda, 2015
These video projects were developed through technical support from Refugee Law Project’s Media for Social Change Programme and the Institute for Development Studies, and was funded by the British and American Governments.
Dr. Chris Dolan is the Director – Refugee Law Project based in Kampala, Uganda.
Refugee Law Project
Refugee Law Project (RLP) was established in 1999 to provide legal aid to asylum seekers and refugees in Uganda. Over time the scope broadened and now RLP works directly with refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs), and other forced migrant groups to provide legal aid, psycho-social counselling, and referrals to access to medical care, housing, education, and treatment of SGBV. The majority of RLP’s clients come from the Great Lakes region including the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Burundi, Rwanda, South Sudan, Kenya, and Somalia. RLP The provision of direct support is complemented by education and training activities targeted both at duty bearers such as police, immigration officers, judges, magistrates and local government officials, and also at refugees themselves.
RLP has four thematic programmes which each work to provide a combination of service provision, research, advocacy and training:
- Conflict, Transitional Justice and Governance (C,TJ&G)
- Access to Justice for Forced Migrants
- Gender and Sexuality Programme, Mental Health
- Psychosocial Wellbeing (MHPW)
We also have a Media for Social Change Unit which works to produce documentaries and advocacy films for each programme.