To create Awareness on Intersex/ DSD conditions and advocate for a more open, tolerant and supportive society towards chidren and people with intersex conditions; and to advocate for protection, welfare and respect for the human rights of all such persons in Uganda.
SIPD embodies a vision of a world whose appreciation of human beings transcends the present gender dichotomy and the oppressions and violence that this represents.
Many intersex people do not have access to appropriate information and may not be able to identify their condition with intersexuality. Given our past and ongoing work and clout nationally and regionally, SIPD is well positioned to effect education and awareness on these issues; and create an environment that challenges our static definitions of sex and gender, so that sex indeterminate and gender variant children and people can access their right to freely make their own decisions regarding their sex and gender determination and access appropriate health care and support at will.
The community can offer much in terms of volunteer services in the fight against stigma. For improved sustainability and effectiveness, the work of government and organisational community workers needs to be reinforced and supplemented by members of the community, who should be informed and equipped with knowledge and skills to mitigate stigma directed at concerned individuals and families. The aspects of volunteer service provided by the community are seen as participatory enrichment programmes and with the community’s involvement; one anticipates a corresponding change in people’s attitudes towards sexual development differences and a corresponding reduction in stigma and discriminatory behaviour.
The SIPD Promise
SIPD Uganda will build linkages with strategic partners, and involve and engage the services of a broad based resource bank of human rights, civil society, medical institutions, legal practitioners, government bodies, and religious organisations, to ultimately support intersex children and people and contribute to social attitude change towards diversity, difference, and non-conformity in regard to sex and gender development.
Sustainable and strategic interventions
SIPD endeavours to harness its efforts in establishing interventions that are sustainable through existing national and regional structures. Best practices, experiences and lessons learned by one national region will be shared among the other national regions.
For the past decade, SIPD Uganda has worked and spoken out about the need to recognize and respect the rights of intersex children and people in Uganda, in the East African region, in Africa, and internationally. These engagements have taken us knocking on the doors of religious lead