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Kassa Maksudi

PhD Candidate

University of Cape Town

Gender, Society, and Health

My work focuses on violence against women and children in disadvantaged and marginalized communities, particularly refugee and migrant communities in South Africa. Specifically, I study how violence and other traumatic experiences impact individuals' behavioral outcomes in addition to their physical health and mental well-being. Research findings allow me to improve the lives of people and communities ravaged by violence. In addition to studying refugees in South Africa, I am also interested in conducting research on violence against women and children in Sub-Saharan Africa in the future. My current research focuses on the intergenerational transmission of domestic violence in refugee families in Durban South Africa. I look forward to working on intergenerational transmission research in East African countries. In addition, I would like to improve mental health awareness, including the socio-economic and health impacts of violence against women and children among East Africans as well as refugees and other migrants in South Africa.  My interest in working with refugee and migrant communities stems from my arrival in South Africa as a refugee from Burundi, and as such, I have first-hand knowledge of most of the issues that these communities face.

Area of Research Expertise
Violence against women and children; Intergenerational transmission research; Refugee health; Migration; Intersectionality