IRP Fellowship

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The markets in Gulu town, located in the Acholi sub-region of northern Uganda where much of the war (between the rebel Lord Resistance Army & the government of Uganda) was fought, are run almost entirely by women. The two-decade long conflict led to many changes, including shifting gender roles in the family as well as increased gender inequality in the traditionally patriarchal society.

In 2017, I received an individual International Reporting Project (IRP) Fellowship to report on gender rights in northern Uganda and spent a month working on my reporting project there. The stories were published in 2018.

In northern Uganda, these women move past insurgency by baking cakesPublic Radio International (Across Women’s Lives series)
In Uganda, the conflict left behind vulnerable former abductees, widows and single mothers without any specific redress in one of the poorest regions in the country. A group of women is trying to change that — one cake at a time.

For these South Sudanese refugee girls, education is everything Broadly (VICE)
For South Sudanese refugee girls who are fighting all odds to access education in the settlements of Uganda, schooling feels like the key to moving past trauma, rebuilding their lives, and returning home.

In Northern Uganda, male mentors spread the word on family planning – News Deeply
The conflict and its aftermath increased existing gender inequalities in northern Uganda’s patriarchal society. A project in the region engaged men in challenging negative social norms and practices that limit women’s access to reproductive and maternal health services.

Women carry the burden of Ugandan war traumaThe New Humanitarian (previously IRIN)
More than a decade after the LRA left northern Uganda, far too many women are left to deal with the trauma of the war, related poverty and gender-based violence – virtually on their own.