Project updates: Uganda

Sense International Uganda launches project to promote sexual and reproductive health rights of women and girls with deafblindness and multi-sensory impairments

Sense International Uganda is pleased to announce the start of a new project aimed at removing barriers to the realisation of sexual and reproductive health rights of women and girls with deafblindness/multi-sensory impairment (MSI) in the Iganga, Katakwi, Pader and Yumbe districts in Uganda.

Canada Fund for Local Initiatives LogoThe project, which will run from November 2018 to February 2019, is supported with a grant worth CAD$19,997.44 from the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives as part of the Canada Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade, and Development (DFATD).

Brief project summary

The main barrier women and girls with deafblindness/MSI experience in regards to their sexual and reproductive health rights (SRH) is the lack of accessible sexual and reproductive health information given the unique and complex communication barriers associated with having a combination of hearing and vision impairment. At the same time the parents and caregivers of girls with deafblindness/MSI lack the knowledge and information to adequately support girls with deafblindness/MSI to exercise their sexual and reproductive health rights.

This 4-month project will address the systematic neglect of the sexual and reproductive health rights of 65 women and girls with deafblindness/MSI. This will be achieved by equipping women and with deafblindness/MSI with relevant knowledge on their sexual and reproductive health rights so that they are able to make informed decisions regarding their sexual health, resist unpleasant sexual advances and choose when and who to relate with or marry. The training will include topics on recognising abuse and self-defence techniques. It is expected that after this training women and girls with deafblindness will be more knowledgeable on their sexual and reproductive health rights and actively seek appropriate reproductive health services.

65 female and 13 male parents/caregivers will receive training and information to be able to provide further support to women and girls with deafblindness/MSI. This support system will enhance reporting, of any cases of sexual and gender violence against women and girls in general, but specifically those affected by deafblindness/MSI.

First published: Monday 2 June 2014
Last updated: Thursday 6 December 2018