Supporting Refugee Women Engaged in Sex Work: Integrating the Peer Education Model into Humanitarian Response

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Date published
01 Apr 2017
Factsheets and summaries
Gender, Forced displacement and migration, Urban

As part of a series of urban gender-based violence (GBV) pilot interventions, in 2016 the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) partnered with Reproductive Health Uganda (RHU) to address GBV risks and support gaps facing refugee women engaged in sex work in Uganda.

These activities were undertaken in two sites: Kampala and the Nakivale Refugee Settlement. They were designed to take an evidence-informed and rights-based approach to working with these women, for the purpose of strengthening their skills and capacity to mitigate GBV risks and otherwise improve their health and safety. The heart of the project was adapting, for the humanitarian context, peer education trainings for women engaged in sex work. A total of 80 refugee women were trained as peer educators: 50 women living in Kampala and 30 women living in the Nakivale Refugee Settlement.