Support Initiative for People with atypical sex Development (SIPD)

SIPD was founded in 2007 by Julius Kaggwa, a Ugandan intersex activist, with the mission to create awareness on intersex issues and advocate for a more open, tolerant, and supportive society towards children and people with intersex conditions; and to advocate for protection, welfare, and respect for the human rights of all such children and persons in Uganda.

SIPD was founded in 2007 by Julius Kaggwa, a Ugandan intersex activist, with the mission to create awareness on intersex issues and advocate for a more open, tolerant, and supportive society towards children and people with intersex conditions; and to advocate for protection, welfare, and respect for the human rights of all such children and persons in Uganda. SIPD’s strategies include public education, media campaigns, capacity building, community engagement and outreach, alliance building, peer support, and documentation of intersex lived realities. SIPD has trained over 3,000 community members in 50 districts on basic health and rights information regarding intersex persons. Out of these, they have identified 30 community-based point persons with whom they continue capacity building trainings. They have also supported six intersex people and parents of intersex children to tell their stories on camera for the Ugandan and East African publics. SIPD has been conducting outreach to 18 schools, mainly secondary schools, to cultivate a sympathetic climate for intersex youth and create an atmosphere where they can come out to each other or to educators or non-teaching staff. SIPD is working with student clubs in the schools to hold monthly conversations about intersex issues within the context of talking more broadly about sexual development and life skills, with the goals of promoting understanding and acceptance and creating safe spaces for intersex youth.

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