This summer, Molly worked on the ground to assist the UN Women's Peace and Security team in Uganda to address humanitarian crises and quell levels of gender-based violence within the South Sudanese refugee population in northern Uganda. Additionally, Molly supported the team's efforts to advance gender equality through the drafting and implementation of national policy that promotes women's rights.
Molly intered with Women, Peace, and Security team of UN Women in Uganda in helping the team to address relevant humanitarian issues and assisting in the drafting and implementation of new national policies to further the mission of reaching gender equality. On the humanitarian side, she focused on the emergency response to the South Sudanese refugee crisis in northern Uganda, assisting in monitoring and evaluation of UN gender-based violence prevention activities, researching GBV trends, drafting communication with the media around this topic, and updating policy briefs. This required travel to UN Women field offices in northern Uganda where the largest population of South Sudanese refugees are located. On the policy side, Molly contributed to several ongoing projects at the national level. First, UN Women recently helped to support the set-up of the Women's Situation Room, a mechanism for quelling election violence in Uganda by utilizing the support and networks of some of the most influential women in the country. This strategy, first spearheaded in Libera, has worked well for mitigating violence in Uganda's most recent election and UN Women is working with the Ugandan government to see how the Situation Room may be supported in the future. Additionally, Molly supported the implementation of the 3rd Peace, Development, and Recovery team for Northern Uganda, specifically focusing on the gender response to recovery.