This report, produced as part of the HIF-funded project on supporting refugee-survivors of sexual and gender-based violence with communication disability - Rwanda, synthesis the global literature on disability, communication, forced migration and SGBV, concluding that refugees with communication disability are some of the world's most vulnerable to abuse and violence. They are actively targeted by abusers due to their reduced ability to report their experiences and lack access to SGBV prevention, disclosure and support services. Humanitarian actors lack the knowledge and skills to consult, include and support people with commuication disability across their programmes, no more so than in their protection services. Communicability Global and Manchester Metropolitan University call for humanitarian actors to consider the unique needs of people with communication disability to ensure their inclusion, protection and right to medical, legal and psychosocial support, just like others in their community.
New blog: Supporting refugee survivors of sexual and gender based violence who have a communication disability in Rwanda
This project, funded by Humanitarian Innovation Fund, and in collaboration with Manchester Metropolitan University, UK, UNHCR Rwanda and the Institute for Human Centred Design, USA, is now complete and our first blog post describing our work and findings has been uploaded. Check out http://www.elrha.org/project/mmu/ and keep watching for more entries!
Communicability Global, Chance for Childhood and Manchester Metropolitan University have just has an article published in the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists professional journal - Bulletin. Describing out work in Rwanda with children with communication disability, the article urges speech and language therapists from Minority World countries to think carefully about how they can support local professionals in the Majority World to develop their own capacity to help people with communication disabilities in their communities.
Communicability Global, in collaboration with Manchester Metropolitan University, UK; UNHCR Rwanda; and the Insitute for Human Centred Design, USA, has been granted funding by the Humanitarian innovation Fund (HIF) to undertake some new and innovative preliminary research into challenges faced by refugees who have communication disabilities (CD) in accessing appropriate legal, medical and pyschosocial support services following instances of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV). People with communication disabilities, particularly women and girls, are at increased vulnerability to abuse as they find it very difficult or impossible to report what has happened. Evidence suggests that people with disabilities are disproportionately affected by SGBV, particularly in displaced communities. Refugee girls with a disability face a tripled exposure to risk.
This seed-funding will allow the consortium to do some preliminary investigations into the issues faced by refugee-survivors of SGBV with CD and form a wider collaborative partnership with stakeholders in the humanitarian sector in Rwanda for future research and project implementation to help some of the most vulnerable people in the world.
This project is supported by Elrha’s Humanitarian Innovation Fund - a grant making facility supporting organisations and individuals to identify, nurture and share innovative and scalable solutions to the most pressing challenges facing effective humanitarian assistance.
- The Humanitarian Innovation Fund is a programme of Elrha and is funded by
aid from the UK Government and the Swedish International Development
- Visit http://www.humanitarianinnovation.org for more information.
-Visit http://www.elrha.org for more information about Elrha’s work to improve humanitarian outcomes through research, innovation, and partnership.
Communicability Global and Manchester Metropolitan University recently signed an MoU that creates a partnership between the two organisations to address the needs of people with commuication disabilities in under-served populations across the globe. This partnership marks the start of an exciting collaboration in reserach, project design and implementation and training to promote inclusion of people with communication disabilities in society. Look out for more exciting news!
Communicability Global advisor, Helen Barrett, has been contracted to develop the content for the documents to ensure children with communication difficulties rececive an appropriate and accessible education in Rwandan schools. The guidelines will translate into training for teachers across the country to ensure Rwanda is meeting its commitment to the new Sustainable Development Goal 4: Incusive and equitable quality education.