|Posted on 11 May, 2016 at 7:35|
May just seems to be one of those months when the team at Communicability Global has more to do that can fit into your standard 24 hours! Not only are we planning and implementing the Humanitarian Innovation Fund project on access to support services for refugee-survivors of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) in Rwanda, but also supporting the University of Rwanda in their strategic planning and devlopment of the first degree-level training for speech and language therapists in the country later this month (see project tabs on the main page).
I am busy writing a literature review of evidence related to the vulnerability of refugees with communciaition disability to SGBV and the findings so far are remarkable: though there is plenty of evidence that refugee women and girls are at high risk of SGBV, particularly if they have a disability, very little literature relates to the vulnerbaility of people with communication disabilities (PWCD) and the difficulties they face in accessing legal redress and support services. A small number of papers allude to the challenges but do not tackle them head on. As the Women's Refugee Commission states, there is a lack of technical expertise in supporting people with speech and language impairments to access servies in humanitarian settings (WRC, 2014). So far, there is no evidence of alternative and augmentative communication strategies being used to help refugees with communication difficulties access SGBV-related protection in humanitarian settings. The search continues, but the literature gap so far highlights the vital importance of the HIF proejct we are about to embark on in Rwanda to ensure PWCD access the support services that they need and have a right to access.