Strategic Objective: To facilitate community mobilization as the most effective long-term solution to the multiple causes of human rights violations, poverty, deprivation, exploitation and abuse that shackle Karamoja women and children.

• Male Engagement

Gender equality cannot be achieved without the involvement of men and boys. Change is slowly taking place, and men are increasingly working alongside women to support gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. It is widely recognized that improving women’s status and advancing their rights yields benefits for whole societies, not just women and girls. Ensuring access to sexual and reproductive health services and protection from gender-based violence, among other important measures, improves the health of families and the economic well-being of entire communities. AIDI works with men and boys in Karamoja using social advocacy approaches to break gender inequality in order to advance gender equality and end violence. These programmes are encouraging men and boys to abandon harmful stereotypes, embrace respectful, healthy relationships, and support the human rights of all people, everywhere.

• Accelerated Female Genital Mutilation Abandonment

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a practice that involves altering or injuring the female genitalia for non-medical reasons, and it is internationally recognized as a human rights violation. Globally, it is estimated that some 200 million girls and women alive today have undergone some form of FGM. Although FGM is declining in the majority of countries where it is prevalent, most of these are also experiencing a high rate of population growth – meaning that the number of girls who undergo FGM will continue to grow if the practice continues at current levels. An estimated 68 million girls are at risk of being mutilated by 2030. In Uganda 98% of women and girls in the practicing regions especially in Pokot community undergo FGM/C that is occasioned by cultural perception and practices. Protecting them will take a significant push to accelerate the abandonment of this harmful practice.

AIDI trusts that to promote the abandonment of FGM, coordinated and systematic efforts are needed. AIDI has before employed several approaches to contribute to accelerated FGM/C abandonment that includes engaging elders, community, church and government leaders, role models, advocacy and sensitization meetings, community dialogues and use documentaries supported by ZOA and engagement of women and girls with a focus on human rights and gender equality. AIDI also aimed efforts to addressing sexual and reproductive health needs of women and girls who suffer from its consequences.