Onen David Ongwech


David Onen Ongwech

UNICOM, Mary-Somerville-Straße 9 (Haus Turin)

Raum 9.3280

Tel.: +49 421 218 67477

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Onen is trained in Social Anthropology (SOAS, University of London), Social Science (Psychology & Sociology) (Kyambogo University, Uganda), and currently pursuing a PhD at University of Bremen. For the last decade he has designed numerous projects for forced migrants in Uganda, and mostly survivors of conflict-related sexual violence, and coordinated research and other knowledge building programmes on Gender and Sexuality in the context of forced migration.

Currently, Onen is researching on Political Agency of forced migrants with diverse Sexual Orientation, Gender Identities and Expressions, and Sex Characteristics (SOGIESC). Onen is a strong advocate and speaker on issues related to forced migration and conflict-related sexual violence, a co-founder of the South-South Institute on Sexual Violence Against Men and Boys (SSI), an affiliate of the Global Engagement Network on Internal Displacement in Africa (GENIDA), member of the Steering Committee of the Geneva Centre of Humanitarian Studies (GCHS), and an affiliate at the Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS).

Political Agency in the context of forced migration

Conflict-related sexual violence

Gender and Sexuality in Uganda

Refugee-Host relations

Onen, O. D. (2020). When communities resist relocation: rethinking strategies for protecting the displaced residents of Bududa in Uganda (Policy Brief No. 5; pp. 1–6). Global Engagement Network on Internal Displacement in Africa (GENIDA). (Link)

Onen, O. D. (2020). “Our Parents Do not Know” - Home Schooling Fatique Among Refugee Children During COVID-19 Induced Lockdown. In Nationla Child Protection Working Group Secretariat (Ed.), Child Wellbeing During and Post COVID-19 Context in Uganda (Issue December, p. 24). Ministry of Gender Labour and Social Development. (Link)

Samah, W., Cadmus, E., Ongwech, D. O., & Adeola, R. (2020). Interdisciplinary Network on Displacement, Conflict and Protection (Vol. 1, pp. 1–2). Global Engagement Network on Internal Displacement in Africa (GENIDA). (Link)

Onen, O. D. (2017). Anthropological Inquiry into Protection of Urban Refugee Children in Kampala. SOAS, University of London.

Dolan, C., Shahrokh, T., Edström, J., Kabafunzaki, D. K., Maganya, D., Moninga, A., & Ongwech, D. O. (2016). Engaged Excellence or Excellent Engagement? Collaborating Critically to Amplify the Voices of Male Survivors of Conflict-Related Sexual Violence. IDS Bulletin, 47(6), 37–54. (Link)

Jerker Edstrome, Chris Dolan & Thea Shakrokh,  with O. D. (2016). Therapeutic Activism: Men of Hope Refugee Association Uganda Breaking the Silence over Male Rape in Conflict-related Sexual Violence, (182). (Link)

Onen, D. O. (2015). Doubly excluded: The experiences of LGBTI forced migrants. Reflections on Sexuality and Equality in Africa, 1, 49–52. (Link)

Shahrokh, T., David, O., Dolan, C., Edström, J., Greig, A., Kumar-singh, S., & Otieno, P. E. (2015). From Dakar to Delhi : Influencing Policy Discourse on Men and Masculinities. Brighton. (Link)

Onen, O. D. (2013). Enabling support groups among refugee children. The International Conference on Children and Youth Affected by Armed Conflict: Where to Go from Here? Centre for Children in Vulnerable Situations. (Link)

Onen, O. D. (2009). Educational Challenges Facing Children With Disabilities: A Case Study of Iriaga Parish, Laroo Division, Gulu District. Kyambogo University. (Link)

COVID-19 is a threat to Gender Equality. Let’s #ChooseToChallenge (pp. 1–4). Refugee Law Project. (Link)

“Hard and Unbearable”: COVID-19 Induced Challenges as told by Refugees and Host Support Group Leaders (Link)

Inactivity is Perpetration - A Press Statement on the World Refugee Day 20 June 2020 (Link)

What if we responded to sexual violence in conflict as an existential threat? (Link)

Child-friendly Justice in Unfriendly Environments? A call for practical solutions for vulnerable young people on the Day of the African Child, 2020 (Link)

Peacekeepers as Allies in Tackling Sexual Violence in Conflict. An evaluation report on the impact of training of Uganda Battle Groups (UGABAG) on the International Protocol on the Documentation and Investigation of Sexual Violence in Conflict (Link)

Perspectives of Urban Refugee Children on Humanitarian Actions in Kampala (Link)

Host Must Work #WithRefugees in Protecting the Environment World Refugee Day 2019 (Link)

A Call to Fight Air Pollution: RLP’s Statement on World. Environment Day (5 June 2019) (Link)

Thank You Message to the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Uganda on Securing Refugee-Host Relations in Northern Uganda (Link)

Empowering Women and Girls Through Innovative Approaches Require Paradigm Shifts In Attitudes and Practices (Link)

Refugee Law Project’s Model of Addressing Conflict-related Sexual Violence (Link). Speech delivered at the training of Religious Leaders on International Protocol on the Documentation and Investigation of Sexual Violence in Conflict on 17 August 2018

‘Standing With Refugees’ Requires Bold and Practical Actions – Not Empty Rhetoric (Link)

Transformative Participation is essential for refugee children’s involvement in uganda’s development

Bringing children born of war into peace and security discourse requires political support (Link)

Activism BY, FOR & WITH Refugees: What does it look like / mean in the context of Uganda? Guest lecture for undergraduate students of SOAS, University of London, on ‘Refugee Activism’ organized by Dr Tania Kaiser FHEA, Senior Lecturer in Forced Migration Studies, Department of Development Studies, on 23 Jan 2021. (Link)

What’s in a Word? Some thoughts on enabling disclosure and getting to “Call It What Is”, Guest Lecture on 9 October 2019 at Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, following the launch of the Civil Society Declaration on Sexual Violence by the Women’s Initiative for Gender Justice.

Promoting the Uptake of the International Protocol on the Documentation and Investigation of Sexual Violence in Conflict. Guest Lecture at the Association for Religious of Uganda on 17 August 2018 in a training of religious leaders on CRSV

Role of Civil Society Organisations in Protecting Rights of LGBTI Persons. Guest Lecture organized by Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHCR) on 16 August 2016 at Beach Hotel, Entebbe.

Addressing Conflict-related Sexual Violence Against Men & Boys: How far are we? Guest Lecture at the Rift Valley Institute (10 July 2016) at Entebbe – Organised by SOAS, Uni. of London.

Understanding Conflict-related sexual violence against men and boys. Guest lecture organized by the British Peace Support Team (Eastern Africa) during training of UPDF Officers (UGABAG 19) at the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) from 27-28 November 2015.

Systematic screening as an innovative approach to tackling conflict related sexual violence. Guest Lecture on 19 June 2015 at the Humanitarian Innovation events in East Africa organized by Makerere University School of Public Health-Resilience Africa Network (RAN) held at Makerere University Main Hall. (Link1) (Link2)

Salmon, J. (2021, March 8). Effects of school closure in refugee communities. Daily Monitor Publication. (Link)

Lule, J. A. (2019, May 22). New forms of sexual violence merge in conflict areas - Experts. New Vision. (Link)

NBS TV Uganda. (2019a). Commemorating World Refugee Day NBS Breakfast Meeting 1.  (Link)

NBS TV Uganda. (2019). Refugee Law Project Lanches Innovation Centre. (Link)

BS TV Uganda. (2018a). Issues of Refugees and the Environment. Uganda: NBS TV Uganda. (Link)

NBS TV Uganda. (2018b). Looking into Plight of Refugees on World Refugee Day. Uganda: NTV Uganda. (Link)

NBS TV Uganda. (2018c). Understanding Assimilation of Refugees in Uganda. Uganda: NBS TV Uganda. (Link)

Dijkstra, A. (2017). Raped Masculinity. Retrieved October 7, 2018. (Link)

Lewis, O. (2017). INZ reconsiders visa application from Ugandan anti-sexual violence advocate. Retrieved October 7, 2018. (Link)

PositiveNegative. (2017). Born Julius and Julia. Retrieved October 7, 2018. (Link)

SOAS University of London. (2016). SOAS Director Valerie Amos CH welcomes 2016 scholarship students. Retrieved October 7, 2018. (Link)

Mazinga, M. (2015). Celebrations for UN Day of Torture Survivors launched. Retrieved October 7, 2018. (Link)

NTV Uganda. (2014). Sexual Violence: Male rape as a tool of subjugatiion during war. NTV Uganda. (Link)

Dumas, M. (2014, April 30). Uganda’s anti-gay law reinforces homophobia, xenophobia, says report. IRIN News. Kampala. (Link)