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Documenting Women's Experiences in Situations of Armed Conflict
Institution: Isis-Women's International Cross Cultural Exchange
Theme: Electronic and Mobile Government
Implementation Date: Oct 07, 2006
Summary: The project, Documenting Women's Experiences in Situations of Armed Conflict, targeted areas that have experienced or are experiencing armed conflict in Uganda. It highlighted women's experiences in situations of armed conflict, the roles that women play, the effects of these experiences and how women are coping in post-conflict situations.

The documentation, which was accomplished with the full participation of women war survivors and local leaders, was carried out using appropriate ICT tools, such as the use of tape recorders, video recording, photography and face-to-face interaction through meetings, focus group discussions and validation workshops.

The research results can be downloaded from the project web site

Impact: This project has resulted in six research reports, two video documentaries, photographs and pictorial posters. This in-depth body of information and knowledge is a powerful tool for raising awareness among communities of the need for the peaceful resolution of conflicts and peace-building. It enables both women and men, educated and illiterate, to understand the causes of conflict, the physical and psychological effects of conflict on women and men, and the need for harmonious and peaceful living.
The documentation recognizes the animosity that prevailed among the various affected ethnic groups and has contributed to the peace-building processes in the affected communities. It has been used by a cross section of development workers and policy-makers in lobbying for peace-building. The research findings were used to influence the Ministry of Gender and Community Development to incorporate the issue of peace as a crosscutting issue in the National Action Plan. The documentation has also been used to preserve the tragic memory of the impact of conflict on women.

Source: Global Knowledge Partnership
Project Home URL: http://www.isis.or.ug/

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