Gender and displacement: South Sudanese refugees in northern Uganda

In Adjumani District in northern Uganda, South Sudanese refugees displaced by conflict find themselves adjusting to a new life with changing gender roles and dynamics.

Uganda hosts over 850,000 South Sudanese refugees who live either in refugee settlements or in Ugandan villages and towns. The sheer number of refugees means that in some districts refugees almost outnumber the Ugandan host population, which has a considerable impact on the lives of people from host communities as well as on the refugees.

Displacement has left South Sudanese men and women seeking new ways to survive and make a living in an environment where livelihood opportunities are limited. This has put pressure on host communities and the land and resources they rely on. In these circumstances, gender norms are challenged and evolve as refugee men and women adapt and take on different roles and responsibilities in their daily lives and gender dynamics within host communities shift.

This report looks at how displacement caused by violent conflict has affected the gender roles of South Sudanese refugees in Adjumani in northern Uganda. It documents how the roles of refugee and host community men and women have changed and the impact this has had on their decision-making power at home and in the community where they live, as well as on local conflict dynamics. It analyses this in the context of access to land and other livelihood opportunities, and considers related conflicts and conflict resolution processes both within and between refugee and host communities. In light of this analysis, the report assesses the implications for conflict- and gender-sensitive refugee programming.

Read the report: Gender and displacement: South Sudanese refugees in northern Uganda.

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This report was produced as part of the Peace Research Partnership – read more here. This material has been funded by UK aid from the UK government; however the views expressed do not necessarily reflect the UK government’s official policies.