Literature Review: Supporting refugee-survivors of sexual and gender based violence (SGBV) with communication disability

Communication is a fundamental human need. We use it to socialise, learn and earn a living. For those who cannot communicate easily, the risk of abuse, neglect and social exclusion is extremely high, particularly in countries where communication disability is misunderstood and stigmatised. There is now an emerging recognition, that people with communication disabilities, particularly children, are excluded from health, education and social services, as there is limited knowledge and skills amongst service providers on how to both identify and support them.

It is widely accepted that the groups that are most vulnerable to sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) are a) women and girls; b) refugees; c) people with disabilities. The conclusion that those with communication disabilities are at high risk of SGBV – even targeted by perpetrators – with few opportunities to report or access medical, legal or psychological support, reflects findings from a project, conducted  by the literature review’s authors, Helen Barrett & Dr.Julie Marshall, in Rwanda, in conjunction with UNHCR in 2016. 

Click here for more details about the review

 A second-phase project looking at how to improve support for refugee-survivors of SGBV who have a communication disability is planned for 2017 –follow us on Facebook (Communicability Global) and Twitter (@communiglobal and @jemarshall13) to keep up to date with our progress.


Volunteers needed to train SLTs in Ghana

Ghana is famous for being the warm and welcoming heart of West Africa…

We would very much like to welcome SLPs with experience in clinical supervision (particularly in internghanaational and cross-cultural contexts) to help us with clinical training of SLPs.

The University of Ghana is part way into its first ever training of speech and language therapists (speech-language pathologists). We are seeking three experienced speech and language therapists with skills in clinical supervision of students in paediatric settings who may be willing to volunteer their time to assist with clinical education.

It is hoped that the volunteers would be available for three weeks, from 26th June 2017.

Limited financial support is available to assist with living expenses in country. We are unable to offer to pay for air travel at this point.

For further information, please refer to the attached advert.