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Implemented by Handicap International and its partners in Kenya, Rwanda and Burundi, Ubuntu Care aims to address both the causes and consequences of sexual violence against children, particularly those with disabilities. Phase one (2013-2015) encompassed activities and research designed to more effectively identify and address factors related to sexual violence against children, including children with disabilities. Phase two (2016-2018) continues to develop our understanding in more effectively addressing age, gender and disability as three powerfully dynamic factors of vulnerability.


This presentation will introduce the main successes, challenges and lessons learned from the project – many of which can be translated and contextualised to better inform child protection programming for vulnerable children in other regions of the world. It will also aim to highlight some of the innovative approaches employed in the field (exploring positive masculinity at family and community levels, as well as enabling effective participation of children with disabilities).


Nidhi Kapur studied International Relations at the University of Toronto, and subsequently completed her master's degree at the London School of Economics, specializing in the causes and consequences of the Rwandan genocide. Motivated by a strong interest in the complexities of child protection programming in conflict and post conflict zones, Nidhi has worked for a number of international organisations including the British Red Cross, Save the Children, War Child UK and Right to Play. Nidhi has worked on a multitude of issues with, and on behalf of, children, including gender-based violence, sexual exploitation and abuse, as well as psychosocial interventions. Nidhi is currently regional technical coordinator for Handicap International’s Ubuntu Care project.

Live Q&A

Nidhi Kapur will be live on Proteknon's FB page for a 30-min Q&A session on 18 Sept at 8 am NY time |1 pm London time | 3 pm Nairobi time | 7 pm Bangkok time.


  • To view the presentation notes, click here.

  • To view Out from the Shadows, click here.

    Proteknôn is derived from two Greek words: "in front of" and "child". As our name implies, we are senior child protection researchers and practitioners, focused on what children are facing, especially as it relates to their care, protection and wellbeing. In order to do this, we are committed to learning from and with girls and boys, of all ages, backgrounds and capacities.

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    Addressing age, gender and disability as dynamic factors of vulnerability in the prevention and response to sexual violence against children in Kenya, Rwanda and Burundi


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