Posted by: trudecdgecs | July 22, 2009

AGDM and SGBV resources around the web

Here are some blogs and posts on issues related to AGDM, psychosocial and mental health, and SGBV:

  • Change.org’s Humanitarian Relief blog regularly posts about SGBV.  Particularly interesting was the three part series by HEAL Africa’s Harper McConnell back in February on sexual violence in the Congo: the inspiring stories in these three posts should serve as a reminder to all of us that the refugee women we work with who have been affected by rape are incredibly resilient and have their own resources that we should enable and empower.  This is a key part of the AGDM and Participatory process at UNHCR.
  • Andy Rasmussen’s Notes From Transcultural Psychology is an incredibly relevant blog.  A post from June summarized his experience surveying risk and protective factors affecting refugees in Chad. His assessment techniques should be interesting for practitioners of AGDM and the Participatory Assessment. A previous post discusses a humorous pitfall of evaluating psychological distress in Chad. (For full details of his Chad trip, see the May archive.) Another post discusses a technique used in Cambodia to evaluate the severity of mental health symptoms.
  • The Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog regularly posts round-ups of news and resources on refugee issues, including news about SGBV and domestic violence in forced migration.
  • The Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting News Blog is a great resource.  (Note that at UNHCR, we use the term Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).)
  • The Overseas Development Institute Blog wrote about the inaugural Sexual Violence Research Initiative Conference that took place in Johannesburg earlier this month.
  • The Re-public devotes an issue to Sexing Borders: gender and trafficking topics related to border crossings.
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