Most of the women we work with are widows who lost their spouses as they were fleeing to Uganda, this was because of the war between 1996 to date of M23 and other rebel groups in war affected countries most especially in DRC.Many of them have 2-5 orphans.
Some women are SGBV survivors of war as they were raped, some are disabled and live with chronic diseases of cancer, HIV/AIDS, Heart pressure and others have chronic trauma.
Women and girls with disabilities are also extremely vulnerable to sexual abuse because of their impairment which can limit their capacity to defend themselves, to call for help or because they are often not taken seriously when reporting SGBV incidents. Unfortunately, sexual violence has been identified as one of the coping mechanism for men trying to regain control due to feelings of vulnerability,loss control , not being respected and not able to perform their culturally ascribed role in family and society- a clear indication of psychosocial and possibly mental health issues. There’s a current lack of adequate appropriate MHPSS services and SGBV staff and low response from trained health workers to address those issues.