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2013 | Feinstein International Center, Report, Making Gender-Just Remedy and Reparation Possible: Upholding the Rights of Women and Girls in the Greater North of Uganda

This briefing paper presents findings from a longer report under the same name. It wants to inform gender-just remedy and reparation processes and outcomes for women and girls in the Greater North of Uganda who suffered serious crimes and harms during the conflict between the GoU and the LRA. 

Its key messages are:

  1. Remedy and reparations must account for multidimensional violence against women and girls through restitution, compensation, rehabilitation, satisfaction and guarantees of non-repetition.
  2. Equality and non-discrimination are overarching principles that should guide:
  • outreach processes (They should be responsive to women’s high levels of illiteracy, poverty, poor access to transportation and deep social fractures. They should consider the complexities of the survivor’s relations with her community and with others who may see her primarily as a victim and thus diminish her agency within her family and community.)
  • registration and documentation processes; data forms, collection and analysis (There should be simplified procedures to allow lower thresholds of evidence for reparation claims, for example in the case of land dispossession. Staff should be trained to ensure gender-sensitive and gender-just approaches in their interactions with victims.)
  • remedy and reparation scope and distribution (e.g. because of the stigma of sexual violence, there should be flexibility regarding how and when victims can step forward; in the long run stigma should be reduced by reparations; reparations should have the effect of raising women’s and girls’ status and equality; reforms in customary land law might be necessary to accommodate unmarried women)