Photo of Participants during the Training

CEPAD- Gender Based Violence and Human Rights Training (ocea zone, Rhino Camp refugee settlement)

CEPAD- Gender Based Violence and Human Rights Training (ocea zone, Rhino Camp refugee settlement)
July 16, 2020

Community Empowerment for Peace and development (CEPAD) in partnership Umverteilem a german foundation organized and implemented a three-day Gender based violence and Human Rights training from 8th-10th July 2020.

The objective of the training was to enhance the skills and knowledge participants to responding to the increasing cases of GBV and human rights abuses in the refugee settlement

The training brought in twenty-five participants: fifteen (15) participants were females and ten (10) of them were male.

The trainees came from diverse backgrounds from both refugees and host communities in Uganda. Different refugees from different countries participated in the training including refugees from (South Sudan, Sudan, DR. Congo, Rwanda and Burundi We also had partner organisation and representatives from Office of the prime Minister, Save the Children, Youth social advocate )YSAT) and Community Technology Empowerment Network )CTEN).

The following topics were covered: Understating GBV using the GBV tree introduction. One way of demonstrating – and understanding – gender-based violence is to illustrate the issues using a drawing of a tree (the leaves as the effect, the track as the contributing factors and the roots and the causes of GBV). Understanding human rights including international and regional and national human rights instruments. Organising and facilitating community based dialogue and lastly, participants were given time to work in groups to map causes of GBV and on the last day, the participants were grouped in villages (katiku, Agulipi and Ocea) and designed interventions that they will carry out in their communities.

During this training CEPAD discovered that most participants were not informed on collecting GBV data and cross checking, verifying the sources of information. Most participants dependent on rumours as a source of information that can put the lives of survivors and perpetrators in more danger. CEPAD also learnt about the increased cases of drug abuse in Ocea village

The participants came up with the following Recommendations: the recommendations were both to the participants themselves and CEPAD as an organization.

  • CEPAD should offer more similar training to the people at the grassroots and further trainings to beneficiaries who underwent the basic training.
  • The days for the training should be increased from three days to at least one week (five days).
  • CEPAD should consider training cultural leaders, refugee welfare committees and local council members on the same topics
  • CEPAD should consider doing training of training (TOT) to participants


  • Gender based violence
  • Human Rights
  • Reporting and communication
  • Community based approach
  • Attachments:  Training report and pictures

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