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MESSAGES TO ADDRESS SEXUAL AND GENDER BASED VIOLENCE

Updated: Jun 25, 2021

35% of women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence. Girls and young women with disabilities face up to 10 times more gender-based violence than those without disabilities.

Many abuses go unreported due to fear, stigma and blaming the survivors.


1. Listen, Believe and Support survivors of Sexual and Gender Based Violence

Survivors of Sexual and Gender Based Violence


“By making a choice to tell someone that I was sexually abused, I hope I will be listened to, believed and supported.” Survivor


Many survivors are unwilling to relieve the ordeal through retelling it to people who will not only doubt them but blame them. We can only understand the magnitude of the effects of Sexual and Gender Based Violence when survivors speak out.

Listening, believing and supporting the survivor is one of the important steps in addressing Sexual and Gender Based Violence. SARI creates safe spaces through drama, dance, music for survivors to share their story.


2. Taking a stand against Beliefs that lead to Sexual Abuse against Girls and Women with Intellectual and Physical Disabilities.

Girls and young women with disabilities face up to 10 times more gender-based violence than those without disabilities. Girls with intellectual disabilities are particularly vulnerable to sexual violence.


“Sleeping with a female with a disability is a sure way to get wealthy and also be cured of HIV or any other Sexually Transmitted Diseases.”


“As a disabled woman, count yourself lucky if a man looks in your direction or even touches you.”

SARI engages young women as advocates of change against such beliefs.


3. Dismantling a rape culture

Rape culture is the social environment that allows sexual violence to be normalized and justified, fueled by the persistent gender inequalities and attitudes about gender.

Engaging men and women is key in dismantling a rape culture.


SARI empowers young men and women through human rights education and experience sharing to be advocates of social change against a rape culture.


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NSEREKO Ronnie
NSEREKO Ronnie
Jul 11, 2021

Using artivism to promote gender equality and address Sexual and Gender Based Violence. Well done!

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Nangobi sandra
Nangobi sandra
Jun 29, 2021

Gone are the days when there was no voice for the girl child/women, I am glad that girls/women are going to be heard and also respected in society and globally because of this initiative. Thank you all.

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Thank you Sandra. We will continue to use our voices to speak out.

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nantume massy
nantume massy
Jun 27, 2021

I know first hand, what it means to go through sexual abuse and not be supported in any way but rather blamed for everything. I am glad for such an initiative that will give other girls the very much needed help and support especially those who can't fight for themselves.

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Yes Massy.

Like our slogan goes, violence thrives in silence. We will continue to use our voices.

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