Gender Based & Female Genital

Gender Based & Female Genital

Gender-based violence (GBV) is a universal phenomenon. Globally, one in three women experiences either intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence during their lifetime (WHO). GBV ranges from physical, sexual, emotional and other family violence to female genital mutilation (FGM), child marriage, early childbearing, trafficking and sexual violence as a weapon of war.

GBV has serious consequences for women’s physical health, as well as their sexual and reproductive health, and mental health. It is a fundamental violation of women’s human rights and has adverse economic and social consequences for men, women, their children, families and communities.

The high rate of violence against women and girls (VAW) in the region is maintained by the persistence of harmful gender norms, alcohol use and overall increased poverty, violence in urban slum areas and conflict areas. Partner violence and the fear of abuse prevent girls from refusing sex and jeopardize their ability to negotiate condom use, studies in sub-Saharan Africa have found.

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Even where national legislation on GBV exists, law enforcement agencies such as the police and judiciary are largely unaware of women and children’s rights. In humanitarian crises, there is usually little reference to and funding for GBV prevention and response in emergency plans

Sagazi foundation supports communities in securing national data on violence against women in order to develop evidence-based programs to promote and protect women’s rights. At the village level, sagazi foundation works to strengthen the capacity of health services to address violence against women.

A key aspect of Sagazi foundation is to identify opportunities to provide support and refer women to other services they may need – for example, sexual and reproductive health services (e.g. antenatal care, family planning, post-abortion care) or HIV testing, and mental health and emergency services post-rape care. In this, reproductive health services are viewed as a critical entry point to violence before it hits.

Sagazi foundation engages men and boys as critical and proven effective in GBV prevention and response, as well as securing better health outcomes for men, women, boys and girls.

Disability

Disability-inclusion and development practice is constantly changing and evolving. It is a foundational part of our work in Sagazi foundation, underpinning all that we do. It requires us to be constantly reflecting, learning and improving our practice. In particular looking to the deeper questions: of the relationships and representation of persons with disabilities within our work; and how we partner with Disabled Peoples Organizations (DPOs) to achieve transformative, systemic change in the community where we work.

Over the last few years we have seen the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals, the Agenda 2030, which is an ambitious global agenda of all governments to work in partnership to ensure that no one is left behind. The inclusion of people with disabilities in Agenda 2030 was in no small part the result of the active engagement of DPOs in strong alliances with civil society actors.

Sagazi foundation implements and supports community projects, activities that ensure that people with disabilities in the communities are fully engaged as active agents of change and rights holders in line with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

Sagazi foundation continue to commit to develop our knowledge and capacity alongside partners to lead transformative change in disability-inclusive development, to make substantive difference to the lives of people with disabilities and the communities within which they live.